Commentary: Accurate data essential on maternal mortality
Georgia has a maternal mortality problem. No one disputes that too many women in the state die during pregnancy, at delivery, or during the postpartum period either from a pregnancy complication or an unrelated condition aggravated by pregnancy. But in a new GHN Commentary, Drs. Michael Lindsay and Jane... Read more
Exchange enrollment extended in counties ravaged by hurricane
Federal health officials have extended the enrollment deadline for people in South Georgia affected by Hurricane Michael. They can enroll in the Affordable Care Act exchange till Feb. 20. Floridians affected by the storm also have an extended sign-up period. The national deadline was Dec. 15 to enroll in... Read more
Commentary: Rural birthing centers would fill a real need
Pregnant women in rural Georgia can have difficulty finding a hospital close to home that offers birthing services. But there’s another solution, say Emory University nursing faculty members. A micro-hospital that has an “along-side’’ birth centers can provide maternity services to rural families – and save Medicaid money, write... Read more
Navicent deal with N.C.-based chain shakes up hospital business in Middle Georgia
Macon-based Navicent Health and Charlotte-based Atrium Health announced Thursday that they have signed a definitive agreement to combine their nonprofit systems on Jan. 1. Atrium will be the controlling entity in the combination. This will be a major foray into Georgia by Atrium, which was formerly known as Carolinas... Read more
With late spurt, exchange enrollment almost catches up to last year’s total
After an “avalanche’’ of sign-ups in the past week, Georgia’s final enrollment in the health insurance exchange reached close to last year’s figure. The number of late sign-ups was a surprise because enrollment had been lagging significantly just a few days ago. Federal health officials announced that the preliminary... Read more

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