Violence, stress, scrutiny weigh on police mental health

Feature Jun 11, 2021 10

By Katja Ridderbusch Every once in a while, after working long and sometimes grueling shifts, after getting yelled at and spat on and occasionally having plastic cups thrown at him, Officer Brian Vaughan feels so worn down that he... Read more

Hospital closure: A rural Black community loses a lifeline

Feature Jun 1, 2021 3

This article first appeared in STAT, which gave Georgia Health News permission to republish... Read more

Stench in farm country: How poultry waste has led to uproar

Feature May 25, 2021 6

When asked about the stench, neighbors in a rural corner of northeast Georgia tend... Read more
As insurer repays millions to 2 states, Georgia may be next

By Andy Miller and Rebecca Grapevine

The corporate parent of a large Georgia insurer has agreed to pay a total of more than $140 million to two states over a billing dispute involving Medicaid pharmacy benefits.

Ohio will receive $88 million and Mississippi $55 million from St. Louis-based Centene, which is the parent company of Peach State Health Plan, an insurer in the Georgia Medicaid program.

Georgia may seek similar compensation.

The Columbus (Ohio) ...

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HCA trauma centers lead the state in high ‘activation’ fees

HCA Healthcare’s “activation” fees for trauma care in Georgia are double those at other hospitals in the state, according to a Kaiser Health News report this week.

The company’s Georgia fees of about $15,000 are actually lower than those in most other states where HCA operates trauma hospitals, the KHN analysis found. Those activation fees elsewhere run as high as $50,000 per patient and are sometimes 10 times greater than those ...

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Another contract standoff looms between United, Northside

Three months ago, two Northside hospitals in Gwinnett County went out of network with UnitedHealthcare, affecting thousands of the insurance company’s members.

Looming now is the potential for other Northside hospitals — including the health system’s flagship facility in Atlanta — to drop off the United provider network as well, with possibly more patients affected.

The existing contract between the insurer and the Northside hospitals in Atlanta, in the Forsyth County seat ...

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Foundation OKs grants for groups promoting healthy social conditions

The term “social determinants of health’’ refers to conditions under which people live and work that can affect their health risks and outcomes.

These non-medical factors, positive and negative, can include safe housing and transportation; discrimination and violence; education; access to nutritious foods and physical activity; and pollution in air and water.

Negative conditions can cause health disparities and inequities. For example, if people don’t have access to grocery stores offering healthy ...

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Protect pregnant workers and those with new babies
By Amber Mack The federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 1065) passed the U.S. House on May 14 by...
Post-pandemic, we must refocus on mental health
By Dr. Timothy Kennedy “How are you?” is taking on a new meaning in this lingering pandemic state. We...
It’s time to address health inequities in lung cancer
By Rochelle Smalls and Dr. Daniel Miller Lung cancer is called the “silent killer” because it is the leading...
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