Siblings of hospitalized kids need help and comfort, too Hot

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Alivia Linnekin, 7, has been battling acute myeloid leukemia since March. She has had several long stays at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, where she recently had a bone marrow transplant. When a child is diagnosed with... Read more

Clearing the air? State’s actions on toxic emissions leave confusion

Feature Aug 21, 2019 4

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No delay: Nonprofit hospitals must disclose financial data soon
Georgia’s nonprofit hospitals will still have to disclose extensive financial data by Oct. 1,...
First air testing results around Sterigenics lead to more questions
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Commentary: Join us in preventing suicides
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No delay: Nonprofit hospitals must disclose financial data soon

Georgia’s nonprofit hospitals will still have to disclose extensive financial data by Oct. 1, even though state regulations on this new requirement won’t be finished by then, state officials say.

A disclosure law, passed by the General Assembly early this year, requires reporting of executive compensation and the financial holdings of hospitals, among other information.

The state is still developing regulations on how the law will be implemented. But Ryan Loke, chief health care policy adviser to Gov. Brian Kemp, said, “It’s expected that hospitals should be prepared to comply with the statute by October 1, with ...

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First air testing results around Sterigenics lead to more questions

Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News.

Story updated 

Initial testing of the air near a medical supply sterilizing facility in Smyrna found little to no ethylene oxide in the large majority of samples taken earlier this month.

The September tests occurred days after Sterigenics shut down the plant, which uses ethylene oxide (also known as EtO), a cancer-causing chemical.

The testing company, GHD, told a local oversight committee at a Smyrna meeting Monday that about 80 percent of the samples reported over a three-day period showed non-detectable amounts of ethylene oxide.

The testing, though, did ...

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Commentary: Join us in preventing suicides

More than most tragedies, suicide should be preventable. But thwarting it can prove terribly difficult as the causes and warning signs often go unrecognized. In fact, the rate of suicides has gone up recently, and though the increase in Georgia is not as great as the one nationwide, it is cause for alarm.

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In a new GHN Commentary, the head of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities looks at ways to reverse the alarming trend. While Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald discusses the state’s broad-based effort to address the surge in suicide, ...

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Hospitals anxious as state crafts rules on disclosing their finances

Nonprofit hospitals in Georgia soon will face tough new financial transparency rules, under a law passed earlier this year by the General Assembly.

The new law will require disclosure of data on executives’ compensation and the financial holdings of hospitals. The state is developing regulations on how it will be implemented, and there is considerable anxiety among Georgia hospital executives as they await the deadlines and rules about the disclosures.

Representatives of the hospital industry, citing the administrative burden and “vague” terminology in the law, suggested their own set of regulations in July “to implement the law in ...

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