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Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and... Read more
Covington calls for BD to close plant until toxic pollution reduced
Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and...
Georgia declines in health ranking for women and children
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Commentary: Reform drug discount program
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Covington calls for BD to close plant until toxic pollution reduced

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

The city of Covington has called for a company to shut down its local medical sterilization plant until it can reduce its emissions of a cancer-causing gas.

In a Wednesday news release, the city said preliminary data from air pollution testing found ethylene oxide levels that were particularly high in two neighborhoods close to the BD sterilizing plant in Covington, 35 miles east of Atlanta.

“We are grateful for BD’s presence in our city and realize the number of ...

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Georgia declines in health ranking for women and children

A recent report ranks Georgia 40th among states on the health of women and children, down three spots from its 2018 ranking.

The 2019 United Health Foundation report said among Georgia’s challenges are its high percentage of uninsured women, its low rate of prenatal care before the third trimester, and its low percentage of high school graduation. The state also has high rates of infant mortality and low-birthweight babies.

As in similar rankings on health measures, several Southern states were rated in the bottom 10 in the report.

The Southeast “tends to have more poverty,’’ Dr. Michelle Bucknor, chief medical officer for UnitedHealthcare of ...

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Commentary: Reform drug discount program

Discounts on prescription drugs are a great thing for patients.

They can also help hospitals.

The 340B Drug Discount Program, in fact, requires drug companies to give deep price breaks to federally funded clinics and hospitals that serve many uninsured and vulnerable patients.

But state Rep. Kim Schofield, in a new GHN Commentary, says some hospital systems are abusing the program. And she wants changes.

“Unfortunately, when programs such as the 340B Drug Discount Program are misused, such as by nonprofit health care systems that actually profit immensely and direct only a small portion of that money toward low-income patient care, it’s the patient ...

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State waiver proposal coming soon; hospital transparency rules unveiled

State officials are expected to have at least one health care waiver proposal ready for an agency board to consider in early November.

The waiver development is a central part of Gov. Brian Kemp’s strategy to improve Georgia health care. The state has a high uninsured rate, and its health rankings on various measures lag behind most other states.

The federal government can waive certain health system regulations in response to a state proposal, and a Georgia law enacted earlier this year authorized that such proposals be made. The state has hired Deloitte to help devise ...

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