Thirty years ago next month, the CDC released the first report on a mysterious disease among gay men in Los Angeles. The AIDS epidemic had begun. It has since claimed the lives of an estimated 600,000 Americans and is currently ravaging Africa, which is home to about two-thirds of... Read more
State officials face sizable budget deficits in two health programs. The health plan that covers about 700,000 state employees, teachers, retirees and school personnel, as well as their dependents, has a projected $109 million budget deficit for 2012, Department of Community Health officials said Thursday. And the state’s Medicaid... Read more
Motor vehicle crash-related deaths in Georgia resulted in an estimated $1.55 billion in medical and work loss costs in a year, the fourth-highest total in the nation, according to a CDC report released Wednesday. The cost findings are based on 2005 data, the most recent year for which comprehensive... Read more
Georgia would lose more than 40 percent of its federal funding for Medicaid over the next 10 years under a Republican plan to repeal health reform and shift Medicaid to a block grant program, according to a report released Tuesday. Nationally, projected federal spending on Medicaid for the 10-year... Read more
A long-running, hostile acquisition attempt has ended as Community Health Systems abandoned its unsolicited multibillion-dollar bid to acquire Tenet Healthcare. A completed merger would have created the largest for-profit hospital chain in the nation. But Tenet repeatedly fought the takeover, and its board Monday again refused to negotiate with... Read more

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