Fewer Georgia hospitals earn ‘A’ safety rating in new Leapfrog report
One in four Georgia hospitals earned an “A’’ grade in the latest safety ratings by the Leapfrog Group, released Thursday. That percentage is lower than the one-third of Georgia hospitals scoring an A in the spring 2019 Leapfrog report. The new rate dropped Georgia from 15th among states to... Read more
Commentary: Get serious about Lyme disease
Cases of tick-borne diseases have been rising. And the federal data probably capture only a fraction of the number of people with these illnesses. In a new GHN Commentary, Gerald Arkin takes a personal view of Lyme disease. He writes that his daughter underwent years of doctor visits, treatments... Read more
Northwest Georgia health system to join N.C.-based Atrium
A Rome-based hospital system said Tuesday that it has signed a letter of intent to combine with Charlotte-based Atrium Health. The agreement between the nonprofit systems Atrium and Floyd Health System, if finalized, would represent another major development in the consolidation of hospitals in Georgia. Atrium Health recently took... Read more
Too little? Kemp’s proposal on changing Medicaid takes flak
During his gubernatorial campaign last year and his first months in office as governor, Brian Kemp declared that he would not expand the state’s Medicaid program. And in the second half of his waiver proposals, announced Monday, Kemp stuck to that position. The Republican governor’s plan, by setting tough... Read more
The time is about to change, but the problems will remain
First, here’s the reminder: When you go to bed Saturday night, set your clock back one hour. At 2 a.m. Sunday, Georgia will make its annual autumn switch from Daylight Saving Time (DST) to Standard Time. Most of the nation will be doing the same. The “extra” hour means... Read more

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