Giving back: Immigrant doctors helping immigrant patients
This is the third in our series on foreign-born physicians practicing in Georgia. Part 1 focused on Indian-born doctors in Georgia, and Part 2 detailed obstacles that physicians face in order to practice here.  Lower back pain and diarrhea brought Fuad Abdi Limo to a DeKalb County clinic founded... Read more
More transparency urged on tax donation program for rural hospitals
Tens of millions of dollars in business and individual donations have gone to Georgia rural hospitals this year, thanks to a popular state tax credit program. But how hospitals are spending that money this year has not been officially tracked, the state says. And right now, there apparently isn’t... Read more
Medicare readmission penalties hit dozens of Georgia hospitals again
Hospitals can receive Medicare penalties if too many of their patients are readmitted within a month of their discharge. And recently released federal data show that 85 percent of such facilities in Georgia are set to be penalized. The readmission penalties, created by the Affordable Care Act, have brought increased... Read more
Medicaid spending growth helps spur higher budget requests
The state’s main health care agency is requesting $72.9 million in additional funding for the current fiscal year (FY 2019, which runs through next June 30), and $195.8 million more for fiscal 2020. The board of the Department of Community Health approved the budget requests at a meeting Thursday. The proposal... Read more
Commentary: House farm bill wrong on food stamp program
The farm bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives proposes changes to the food stamp program that alarm groups representing people with disabilities. “Food insecurity’’ – the lack of reliable access to nutritious food – disproportionately affects people living with disabilities, according to a new GHN Commentary. “Households... Read more

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