Pleasing the patient gets new priority under health reform
The ultimate goal of patient-centered care is to heal the patient. But the Affordable Care Act has begun linking hospital reimbursements partly to patients’ satisfaction — how they feel about their experience. In a Gallup Business Journal article, Jennifer Robison says the health care industry is concerned about the... Read more
Georgia nurses are concerned that lack of funding for their state licensing board will create problems in protecting patients from an impaired, unlicensed or dangerous nurse. A new law that goes into effect Monday will require nurses to report suspected professional violations to the Georgia Board of Nursing. But... Read more
Becky Carver, public health nurse for the health district based in Waycross, works with perinatal partners to educate expectant parents about safe sleeping practices. “An infant’s death is heartbreaking,’’ Carver says. “I’ve seen losses. In the Deep South, we see things like inadequate bedding, babies and parents sleeping together... Read more
Overweight patients are being encouraged to take a walk, if not a hike. A unique collaboration between the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA) and Georgia State Parks seeks to promote physical fitness in a fresh-air way. For a day trip to one of Georgia’s state parks, there’s normally... Read more
Health literacy: Many patients don’t understand what their doctors mean
Health literacy is becoming a Georgia priority — though there’s still plenty of room for improvement. The state’s schools of medicine, nursing, public health, dentistry, pharmacy and education, as well as community organizations, are all working on improving people’s ability to understand health information so they can make good... Read more

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