State Senate leader tests positive for COVID-19
Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan announced on social media he received positive test results for COVID-19 on the first day of the 2021 legislative session. Georgia General Assembly members are required to be tested twice-weekly during the course of the session as part of the efforts to contain a possible... Read more
Hospital planned for Columbus would focus on physical rehab services
A new hospital is being planned for Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley to fill what statistics show to be a critical gap in physical rehabilitation services. Piedmont Healthcare of Atlanta and Encompass Health (previously named HealthSouth) of Birmingham have formed a joint venture called Rehabilitation Hospital of Columbus, a limited liability corporation. Read... Read more
Educator dies of COVID weeks after retiring due to virus concerns
An imminent spike in COVID-19 cases after Thanksgiving forced a Georgia educator to choose between her health and the work she loved, family members said. Maude Jones, a special education paraprofessional with Gwinnett County Public Schools, decided she wouldn’t return to the classroom and submitted her paperwork to retire on Dec.... Read more
Georgia lawmakers may consider surprise billing revisions
Potentially on the docket could be a follow-up to House Bill 888, legislation concerning “surprise billing.” The bill was introduced by Rep. Lee Hawkins, R-Gainesville, in February 2020. Under the bill, which took effect Jan. 1, a patient seeking services at an in-network facility would be charged the in-network... Read more
COVID protocols in place as General Assembly begins
Lawmakers will be meeting in person, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 180 House members will be split into three rooms with remote connections, including new technology to allow them to vote in real time, Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, said. Read the full article: Rome News-Tribune  Read more

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