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Georgia’s HIV problem hitting rural areas hard

This article is part of an occasional series on rural health care in Georgia. These articles are supported by a grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.

Metro Atlanta is often characterized as the epicenter of Georgia’s HIV crisis.

Earlier this year, in fact, President Trump announced an anti-HIV plan targeting four populous counties in greater Atlanta — Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett and Cobb — among 48 counties in the nation.

But many rural Georgia counties, though their overall populations are not large, have high rates of HIV, says Aaron Siegler, an associate professor at Emory University’s ...

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3 more measles cases confirmed in Cobb, increasing state toll to 11

Story updated

Public health officials said Friday that three more cases of measles have been confirmed in Cobb County.

The Department of Public Health confirmed a separate case in Cobb over the weekend.

The confirmed cases bring the total cases of measles to 11 in Georgia this year – more than in the previous decade combined.

The Cobb cases are likely related, the state said. At least two of the three new individuals with measles are unvaccinated, and the vaccination history of the third is unclear, officials said.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus, and can have life-threatening complications.

“These additional cases ...

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Georgia gets an ‘F’ grade in preventing preterm births

Johnecia Mason’s pregnancy was going along fine until at six months, she developed preeclampsia, a complication characterized by high blood pressure.

Soon afterward, her son was born prematurely, at 26 weeks, weighing just 1 pound, 8 ounces. He died in the hospital 12 days later.

“It was very hard,’’ Mason says now. “He was our first child. It is nothing that you expect to deal with. It changes you forever.’’

Mason, a Covington resident and a business professor at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, has another son now. He was also born preterm but is healthy ...

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Deal reached on millions in erroneous Medicare payments

Story updated

Federal health officials have worked out an agreement to resolve an overpayment problem with medical providers in Georgia and other states.

The terms of that agreement, like the payment issue itself, are complicated,

A year ago, Georgia Health News reported that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) planned to recoup $55 million in improper payments to hospitals and other providers in a few states.

The overall problem started with erroneous reimbursements paid to hospitals, rural health clinics and other providers by Cahaba GBA, a former Medicare Administrative Contractor. CMS ...

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