One ER patient’s tragic story

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During the past eight months, Georgia Health News and WebMD have investigated violations of a longstanding federal law on emergency room care. Our investigation found that over a 27-month period, about 1 in 7 of these ER violations involved... Read more

Pregnant women face risk despite federal ER law Hot

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This special report, Deprived of Care: When ERs Break the Law, is an investigation by WebMD... Read more

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Health care taking bigger share of workers’ income, report finds

Workers and their families are spending a larger percentage of income on health care, especially in the South, a report says.

Average premium contributions by employees are 7 percent of median income nationally. But Georgia is among 11 states where these contributions for single and family plans amounted to 8 percent of median income or more, said the report from the Commonwealth Fund, released Friday.

Other Southern states in this grouping are Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas.

Adding deductibles pushes this financial share nationally to nearly 12 percent of median income in 2017. In Georgia, ...

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Fourth Georgia case of mysterious illness confirmed

A fourth case of a rare polio-like illness has been confirmed in Georgia, with two more cases considered probable, public health officials say.

The Georgia Department of Public Health did not give identifying information about the fourth patient with acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), but said Monday that the person is a child.

Previously, three children in the state have been reported to have AFM.

There is no known single cause of AFM, whose symptoms include weakness in the arms or legs, and sometimes paralysis.

The condition affects the nervous system, specifically the area of the spinal cord called gray matter. It causes the muscles and ...

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Legislators plan a broad revamp of state’s powerful CON laws 

Updated Friday at 11 a.m.

Year after year, the Georgia General Assembly deals with proposals to revise the state’s health care regulatory rules.

It’s always a contentious process, often pitting hospitals against one another. Even minor tweaks to the system typically get blocked before the end of the legislative session.

Come January, though, the state’s regulatory system, known as certificate of need (CON), could be due for a major overhaul, if not a full repeal.

The influential House Rural Development Council on Thursday announced recommendations for legislation in the upcoming General Assembly session. These ideas include replacing CON with an accreditation and “rigorous licensing ...

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Medicare penalties hit most Ga. nursing homes

Three of four nursing homes in Georgia have received penalties from Medicare for avoidable hospital readmissions of nursing home patients. The 75 percent figure is slightly higher than the national average.

The federal government gave bonuses for lower readmissions to 23 percent of the 373 nursing homes in the state. Two percent had no change under the new penalty program.

The financial incentives and penalties are determined by how often nursing home residents end up back in hospitals within 30 days of leaving.

Kaiser Health News reported that hospitalizations of nursing home residents, while decreasing in recent years, remain a problem, with nearly 11 ...

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