Mercy Care is receiving $22 million boost for Atlanta health center
On any given day, Mercy Care’s facility in Atlanta gets more walk-in traffic from patients seeking dental care than the health center can handle. Getting a behavioral health appointment can take months, and if patients need vision care, they are referred to Mercy Care’s Chamblee facility. The Atlanta safety-net... Read more
White bagging: Insurer shift on drugs raises alarm
A big change in drug treatment for cancer is arriving in Georgia. It’s not a new medication. What’s coming is something known as “white bagging,’’ an insurer tactic involving expensive infusion or injection drugs. And at Crisp Regional Health Services in Cordele, Jennifer Taylor, an oncology nurse practitioner, is concerned... Read more
Bills on patient visits, nursing home cameras fail to clear Georgia General Assembly
As the 2021 legislative session ended, Georgia lawmakers wound up not passing a bill to allow visits by a “legal representative’’ to patients in hospitals and nursing homes during a health emergency. The legislation ping-ponged Wednesday between the two chambers, with the House supporting its previous, stronger version, and... Read more
Kemp extending vaccine to all adults, seeks to reduce hesitancy
Georgia’s COVID vaccine campaign is shifting from seeking supply to stoking demand. Starting Thursday, all Georgians 16 and older will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday at a news conference at the state Capitol. Last week, Kemp allowed people 55 and older and those with... Read more
Georgia vows to continue fight if feds kill state’s Medicaid waiver plan
Story updated Georgia officials, as expected, have appealed the new federal position on the state’s Medicaid waiver plan, saying its possible revocation by the Biden administration would be ‘‘an arbitrary and unlawful bait-and-switch.’’ The commissioner of the state’s Department of Community Health, in a letter dated March 12, noted... Read more

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