Covington calls for BD to close plant until toxic pollution reduced
Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. The city of Covington has called for a company to shut down its local medical sterilization plant until it can reduce its emissions of a cancer-causing gas. In a Wednesday news release,... Read more
Georgia declines in health ranking for women and children
A recent report ranks Georgia 40th among states on the health of women and children, down three spots from its 2018 ranking. The 2019 United Health Foundation report said among Georgia’s challenges are its high percentage of uninsured women, its low rate of prenatal care before the third trimester, and... Read more
Commentary: Reform drug discount program
Discounts on prescription drugs are a great thing for patients. They can also help hospitals. The 340B Drug Discount Program, in fact, requires drug companies to give deep price breaks to federally funded clinics and hospitals that serve many uninsured and vulnerable patients. But state Rep. Kim Schofield, in... Read more
State waiver proposal coming soon; hospital transparency rules unveiled
State officials are expected to have at least one health care waiver proposal ready for an agency board to consider in early November. The waiver development is a central part of Gov. Brian Kemp’s strategy to improve Georgia health care. The state has a high uninsured rate, and its... Read more
Readmission penalties for Medicare patients hitting dozens of Georgia hospitals
A Medicare initiative aimed at reducing readmissions of discharged patients is penalizing 88 percent of Georgia hospitals evaluated in the program. That’s a slightly higher percentage than the national average of 83 percent of hospitals penalized in the readmission program. The cuts in payments come as Medicare continues its... Read more

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