State’s health care will look very different if major bills pass
This could be the General Assembly session that rocks Georgia health care. Between the regulatory reform measures already introduced, and the coming bill on federal “waivers,’’ lawmakers have a chance to reconfigure the medical landscape in the state. The waiver proposal from Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to be... Read more
In new offensive against HIV, metro Atlanta is a battleground
The map of the United States shows four blue dots clustered in northern Georgia. They represent the metro Atlanta counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett and Cobb. It’s not exactly surprising that the four — the most populous in our state — are among 48 counties in the nation that... Read more
Paralyzed by West Nile, he’s fighting a new kind of battle
David Carmon’s body began to shut down just three days after a mosquito bite over Labor Day weekend. He arrived at a Gainesville emergency room extremely ill. No one knew what was wrong. “They ran every test,” says his wife, Jessie. “By the fifth day, he was paralyzed, on a... Read more
The long wait may end soon for Northside-Gwinnett merger
After years of delay, the merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System may be close to becoming reality. Health care industry officials say the deal is close to approval by the Federal Trade Commission. That approval may come within a month or even sooner, say the officials, who... Read more
Asthma van helps keep students healthy — and in school 
Asthma attacks used to send Aaron Johnson to the emergency room with frightening frequency. But now the Atlanta kindergartner has gone months without an ER visit. His mother credits the van that comes once a month to his school, Usher-Collier Elementary in west Atlanta. Aaron gets regular check-ups from... Read more

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