Judge extends order keeping Northside in Anthem’s network

A judge issued a significant ruling Wednesday in the ongoing dispute between Northside Hospital and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance. Most importantly for the 400,000 Northside patients with Anthem insurance who are hoping to remain in-network with the hospital, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Rachelle L. Carnesale extended an injunction that has maintained the status quo for those patients…

Georgia Gwinnett senior teaches special education in same classroom where he studied

The student becomes the teacher at Harbins Elementary School in Dacula, Georgia. 13 years ago Andrew Reynolds was a student at the school. Now, the former alum has come full circle starting his career as an educator. Reynolds, a senior special education major in his last semester at Georgia Gwinnett College, has a special connection to his students. He’s a…

Cost of travel nurses having a ripple effect on hospitals

Travel nurses have always been a resource for hospitals, Pat Horton, CEO of the Georgia Center for Nursing Excellence, explained. These positions have historically been contracted out to hospitals to fill gaps where needed. But during the pandemic, more nurses picked up their lives to support what was an already existing shortage in the nursing…

Blind CDC employee says agency didn’t provide accommodations

The alleged discrimination started with simple requests, like joining co-workers on work assignments. Michael said he was invited to take a tour of a laboratory in February 2020. When staff learned a blind employee was coming, he said, the trip was scrapped. “They canceled the trip and shared the whole reason to all my colleagues…

Winter weather, snow hits North Georgia

Winter weather has moved into North Georgia with snow, sleet and some freezing rain. Most of the snow overnight and early Sunday fell in northeast Georgia and around Hall County. But, more is expected to fall throughout the day. The highest snow and ice totals and the greatest travel and power outage potential will be…

Atlanta doctor says to be proactive against new Covid variant

Medical experts tell 11 Alive the omicron variant has more mutations than any other earlier detected strains which they said marks a major change in the evolution of the virus since the pandemic began. Officials also said the timing of omicron’s emergence is especially concerning as holiday gatherings and travel increase. Read the full article: 11Alive.com

Legislation proposed to help provide mental health services to first responders with PTSD

There’s a new push to help first responders struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). From firefighters to police officers to dispatchers, currently, none of them are eligible for a worker’s compensation claim to deal with a psychological injury unless they first have a physical injury to heal. Read the full article: 11Alive.com

Atlanta airport ambulances found in Ohio, stranded for months

There’s a reason a 76-year-old woman with a broken femur had to wait 95 minutes for an ambulance at the main TSA checkpoint in the middle of the nation’s busiest airport over the summer. Half of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s fleet of fully-staffed EMS ambulances were 500 miles away. Read the full article: 11Alive.com

Vaccine for kids in Georgia: What you need to know

If you’re looking for your most immediate option to get a shot into your child’s arm, it looks like the only availability as soon as this weekend (Nov. 6 & 7) will be at Walgreens and CVS pharmacies or hospitals. Read the full article: 11Alive.com

Doctors declare national state of emergency for children’s mental health

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) are collectively declaring a national state of emergency in an effort to garner attention and change policy around the issues of child and adolescent mental health. Read the full article: 11Alive.com