State health plan rewarding those who work to stay healthy
Like many U.S. workers, thousands of Georgia teachers and state employees are being offered financial incentives for reaching wellness goals this year. The State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) covers more than 660,000 state employees, teachers, other school personnel, retirees and dependents. One SHBP wellness plan, launched by Atlanta-based digital... Read more
Health IT firm moving headquarters to Georgia
BioIQ, a health IT company, is moving its headquarters to Cobb County and will bring hundreds of additional jobs here, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday. Deal said the privately held company will invest more than $5 million in Cobb. BioIQ already has an office here, but the move of... Read more
Flu statistics worrisome in Georgia, but it’s too early to predict impact
Public Health officials said Tuesday that they’re concerned about flu trends in Georgia. It’s not clear whether the flu season could be as severe as last year’s, state epidemiologist Cherie Drenzek told the board of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “It’s too early to know,’’ she said, adding,... Read more
Kaiser, Emory say their alliance is already showing good results
Two months after launch, Emory Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente say their new collaboration is working well for both sides. Part of the evidence is in patient volume: Emory’s two “core’’ hospitals covered by the agreement are seeing many more Kaiser members. The nonprofit Kaiser, unlike in other markets, does... Read more
Grady curbing ER overuse by showing patients a better way
The target group are people who have visited the ER at least six times over a six-month period. Many are poor and without jobs, and some are homeless. A high percentage have no health insurance. Many of these people abuse drugs or have untreated mental illness. They also tend... Read more

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