CON laws: They spark constant fights, but will they be changed?
Four years ago, a sports medicine group began a quest to build a surgery and training center in Alpharetta, in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The proposed multimillion-dollar center was to be known as the Legacy Sports institute. It was associated with famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews of Alabama, whose... Read more
Where people live longer — and where they don’t
Life expectancy at an English Avenue neighborhood address, in a low-income section of Atlanta, is 63.6 years. But less than 10 miles away, an address in the affluent Margaret Mitchell area of Atlanta, named after the famous writer, has a life expectancy of 87.2 years. Such startling variations commonly... Read more
Medicaid, ACA, rural crisis, regulations: Gubernatorial candidates talk health care
This November, Georgians will elect a new governor. The race between Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, and Stacey Abrams, a Democrat and former House minority leader, has already featured debate between them over the future of health care in the state. Georgia Health News recently asked the... Read more
Report provides no answers in Waycross child cancer cases
Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. Brenda Goodman is senior news writer for WebMD. On a recent evening in Waycross, GA, government officials gathered around card tables set up in a semi-circle on the polished wood floors of the city auditorium. There were representatives from... Read more
Multimillion-dollar mistake: Medicare says providers were overpaid
The federal Medicare agency, citing contractor errors, is seeking to recoup nearly $55 million from hospitals and other medical providers in Georgia and other states. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told GHN on Wednesday that the agency found 268,000 claims from hospitals, rural health clinics and other providers that... Read more

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