Georgia slips even lower among states on new health scorecard
Georgia slipped to No. 46 among the states in a new ranking of health system performance, down from 42nd the previous year. The new 2020 Commonwealth Fund report on states’ health system performance, released Friday, noted that Georgia performed well by certain measures. Those include a high rate of... Read more
Hospitals’ COVID-19 teamwork a highlight of upcoming conference
From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders of local health care systems have been holding conference calls daily to share information about the challenges they face. Operations officers of heavyweight hospital systems Piedmont, Emory, Wellstar, Grady, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Northeast Georgia have used these sessions to... Read more
Commentary: A practical way to fight opioids
Rampant opioid addiction — with a high number of overdoses as a result — continues to be a public health crisis for Georgia and the entire nation. Dr. Douglas M. Blackmon and Dr. David Paine, two Atlanta ophthalmologists and professors, write in a new Commentary for Georgia Health News... Read more
COVID figures spike at UGA again as 1,400 students infected
The University of Georgia saw a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases for the second week in a row. The college said Wednesday that 1,417 positive tests were reported through the University’s DawgCheck reporting system for the period of Aug. 31 – Sept. 4. That’s up from 821 from the week before,... Read more
Sterilization companies hit with wave of lawsuits over ethylene oxide
Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD. Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. A series of lawsuits has been filed in metro Atlanta against two companies that use the gas ethylene oxide to sterilize medical equipment. The six lawsuits were filed on behalf... Read more

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