No break from Covid: Metro Atlanta medical officials urge vaccinations
A 70-year-old man recently entered a metro Atlanta hospital after a fall. He subsequently tested positive for Covid. So did his daughter, who drove him to the hospital. Eight other family members also tested positive. Three of the 10 died, said Dr. Danny Branstetter, medical director of infection prevention... Read more
Covid vaccination rates among young children lag in Georgia, South
By Rachana Pradhan, Hannah Recht and Andy Miller Two months after Pfizer’s Covid vaccine was authorized for children ages 5 to 11, just 27% have received at least one shot, according to Jan. 12 CDC data. Only 18%, or 5 million kids, have both doses, Kaiser Health News reported. In Georgia, as well... Read more
What the Kemp budget has for health care — and what it doesn’t
Extending Medicaid coverage for women who have given birth. Higher pay for physicians serving Georgia’s poor. More money for rural health care. In many ways, health care is getting a boost in Gov. Brian Kemp’s budget. Kemp’s proposed budget envisions a record $30.2 billion in state spending next year. The... Read more
‘Incidental’ cases, shortages of staff make Covid-19’s new act tough for hospitals
By Lauren Weber, Phil Galewitz and Andy Miller The Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Florida, on Jan. 11 was treating 80 Covid-19 patients — a tenfold increase since late December. Nearly half were admitted for other medical reasons. The surge driven by the extremely infectious Omicron variant helped push the... Read more
Anthem seeks to halt court order continuing Northside contract
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield has filed a legal motion to end a court’s temporary restraining order that, at least temporarily, has kept Northside Hospital facilities in the giant insurer’s network. Northside Hospital was granted an injunction by Fulton County Superior Court just before its Anthem contract was scheduled... Read more

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