Prominent Georgia pediatrician says children suffering in border facilities
A Georgia physician who visited migrant border facilities last month says she was alarmed by the signs of children’s stress there. Dr. Sally Goza of Fayetteville, president-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said Monday that the visit by herself and other pediatricians underscored the organization’s position that the... Read more
Commentary: Public health protects us all
“Public health” is much more than a term that most people vaguely recognize. Agencies that fall under this category play a vital role in Georgia and other states, and they do their work at the community level. “We believe that Georgia’s county public health departments accomplish much more than... Read more
Backlog of nursing home complaints, inspections linked to RN vacancies
State regulators have a backlog of about 200 complaints against nursing homes that need investigation, officials say. A high number of job vacancies for nurse surveyors is a major cause of the complaint backlog, according to the state Department of Community Health. The agency said the unaddressed nursing home... Read more
Keep the Fourth festive by being smart about fireworks
Let’s face it: Fireworks are fun. And they’re as much a part of the Fourth of July as the American flag. But they also can be dangerous. In 2017, eight people died and more than 12,000 people were injured badly enough to require medical treatment after fireworks-related incidents, according... Read more
Piedmont’s new payment plan: 25% upfront for some patients
Piedmont Healthcare is requiring patients who shoulder the entire cost of a non-emergency medical service to pay 25 percent of the bill before they get the care. The system’s new upfront-payment policy was publicly revealed recently at the Healthcare Financial Management Association conference in Orlando. It was first reported by... Read more

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