Hospitals at war vs. cybercrime — but it’s a hard war to win

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Modern hospital security is not just about nabbing a few thieves who wander in looking for something to grab. Patients’ information — medical and personal — is a big prize for today’s crooks, and it’s at risk 24/7 if the proper protocols and... Read more

Health care agenda: Will longtime disputes be resolved? Hot

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Despite a new lineup of legislators – as well as a new governor and... Read more

Morehouse med students try out life as a country doctor

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‘Waiver’ on the way? Kemp signals a plan to increase coverage
It looks as though Gov. Brian Kemp will indeed pursue a Medicaid “waiver’’ proposal...
With flu activity up, mobile ER back at Grady
A surge in cases of flu and other illnesses has led Grady to return...
Hospital groups open to a few CON changes; critics say more needed
As Georgia lawmakers push to revamp health care regulations, two major hospital groups have...
State health plan rewarding those who work to stay healthy
Like many U.S. workers, thousands of Georgia teachers and state employees are being offered...
Health IT firm moving headquarters to Georgia
BioIQ, a health IT company, is moving its headquarters to Cobb County and will...
‘Waiver’ on the way? Kemp signals a plan to increase coverage

It looks as though Gov. Brian Kemp will indeed pursue a Medicaid “waiver’’ proposal to expand health coverage in Georgia.

Kemp, in his State of the State speech Thursday — three days after he was sworn in as Georgia’s new chief executive — said he will seek “to expand access [to care] without expanding a broken system.’’

“We have included $1 million in the Department of Community Health’s budget to craft state flexibility options for Georgia’s Medicaid program,’’ declared Kemp, a Republican. “We will drive competition and improve quality while encouraging innovation.’’

He also said ...

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With flu activity up, mobile ER back at Grady

A surge in cases of flu and other illnesses has led Grady to return a mobile ER to its downtown Atlanta campus.

The mobile unit, which is about the size of a tractor trailer and is owned by North Carolina-based Atrium Health, is the same one that served Grady last winter. It will open Thursday morning to Grady patients.

“We are seeing a number of patients with flu and colds,’’ at levels similar to those last winter, said Dr. Hany Atallah, chief of emergency medicine at Grady, which typically averages 435 emergency patients a day.

Atallah said other Atlanta hospitals are also seeing ...

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Hospital groups open to a few CON changes; critics say more needed

As Georgia lawmakers push to revamp health care regulations, two major hospital groups have proposed some revisions to the state certificate-of-need system.

Those proposals stemmed from months of hospital officials’ discussions on CON, which the industry has relentlessly defended for years in the Georgia General Assembly.

But the hospital recommendations fall far short of the sweeping CON reforms that two legislative committees have recently formulated.

Given that difference, the 2019 General Assembly session is shaping up to see a bruising battle over the state regulations.

Sen. Ben Watson (R-Savannah), who led a Senate study ...

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State health plan rewarding those who work to stay healthy

Like many U.S. workers, thousands of Georgia teachers and state employees are being offered financial incentives for reaching wellness goals this year.

The State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) covers more than 660,000 state employees, teachers, other school personnel, retirees and dependents.

One SHBP wellness plan, launched by Atlanta-based digital health company Sharecare, would reward members who meet goals this year with a $150 Walmart gift card, and Walmart will contribute an additional $75 for members to use on prescription medications and vision products. Another potential reward is a $150 Visa gift card, in a plan also administered by Sharecare.

Employees who have Anthem Blue ...

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When trip to doctor leads to chat about antibiotics
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Maternal death rate is a problem that needs a factual approach
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Rural birth centers would help many Georgia women
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Effort to overhaul liver-transplant protocols would cost Georgians’ lives
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