Commentary: Join us in preventing suicides
More than most tragedies, suicide should be preventable. But thwarting it can prove terribly difficult as the causes and warning signs often go unrecognized. In fact, the rate of suicides has gone up recently, and though the increase in Georgia is not as great as the one nationwide, it... Read more
Hospitals anxious as state crafts rules on disclosing their finances
Nonprofit hospitals in Georgia soon will face tough new financial transparency rules, under a law passed earlier this year by the General Assembly. The new law will require disclosure of data on executives’ compensation and the financial holdings of hospitals. The state is developing regulations on how it will be... Read more
Georgia now has third-highest percentage of uninsured, report shows
Georgia’s uninsured rate rose slightly in 2018, to 13.7 percent, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. That gives Georgia the nation’s third-highest rate of people without health insurance. The state trails only Texas and Oklahoma. Georgia had the fourth-highest percentage in 2017. The national uninsured rate also rose in... Read more
Sterilizing plant shutting down as air tests begin; lawsuit challenges EPD deal
Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. Updated Friday A medical sterilization facility in metro Atlanta is shutting down operations until October as it undergoes construction to reduce emissions of a toxic gas. Sterigenics said Friday that... Read more
Evacuated patients heading home as Dorian passes
As of midday Thursday, health care facilities along the Georgia coast were preparing to receive their patients who were returning from evacuations triggered by Hurricane Dorian. The storm did not hit Georgia as hard as was feared last week, but it brushed the state’s coast, knocking out power to... Read more

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