White bagging: Insurer shift on drugs raises alarm Hot

Feature Apr 12, 2021 2

A big change in drug treatment for cancer is arriving in Georgia. It’s not a new medication. What’s coming is something known as “white bagging,’’ an insurer tactic involving expensive infusion or injection drugs. And at Crisp Regional Health Services... Read more

New treatment sought for two struggling hospitals Hot

Feature Apr 2, 2021 2

Five years ago, Marietta-based Wellstar Health System bought five Georgia hospitals from Tenet Healthcare.... Read more

The coal plant next door

Feature Mar 19, 2021 0

Near America’s largest coal-fired power plant, toxins are showing up in drinking water and... Read more
Georgians taking advantage of special enrollment on exchange

More than 40,000 Georgians have signed up for health coverage on the state exchange since a special enrollment period began in February.

That’s the third-highest total among the 36 states using federally run health insurance exchanges. Only the heavily populated states of Florida and Texas had more sign-ups, according to federal data through March 31.

The special enrollment on healthcare.gov began Feb. 15 and will continue until Aug. 15.

Ordinarily, the large share of ...

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Reactions to J&J vaccine in Cumming not a cause for alarm, state says

State officials are halting COVID vaccinations at a Cumming site after eight people had adverse reactions to getting a Johnson & Johnson shot there Wednesday.

The CDC is evaluating the situation in the Atlanta suburb and in three other states – Iowa, Colorado and Michigan.

One person in Cumming was evaluated at a hospital and then released, the Department of Public Health said Friday. The other ...

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Bootleg fentanyl linked to spike in overdoses

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Georgia’s Department of Public Health has issued a warning about a cluster of overdoses from counterfeit pills that contain fentanyl, a potent opioid drug.

Roughly 100 cases are suspected in the Augusta area, according to Public Health officials. But there also have been cases reported in the Savannah area and northwest Georgia, as well as a few in metro Atlanta.

The sellers of ...

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Employer teamwork boosts vaccine access for Latino community

Three rival Georgia carpet companies took a break from their floor-covering competition to focus on a foe that united them: COVID-19.

Mohawk Industries, Shaw Industries and Engineered Floors collaborated on a COVID vaccination event for the workers at their Dalton-area plants recently. Almost 5,000 shots were administered over two weeks in the northwest Georgia city that’s called the “carpet capital of the world.”

A large majority of those getting vaccinated were Latino workers ...

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Woman gets new windpipe in groundbreaking transplant
A medical team in New York City says it has performed the first complete surgical transplant of a windpipe. The...
It’s vital to boost domestic drug production
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Medicaid needs relief amid COVID crunch
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How to wean the Medicare system off opioids
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