Unforeseen cancer, unexpected bills: A Georgian’s ordeal
The urgent care center diagnosed her condition as a bladder infection. But the pain in Diane Conine’s stomach soon became unbearable. “The pain got so bad, I was throwing up,’’ says Conine, 64. Her urine was filled with blood. She needed to go to the emergency room, her daughter... Read more
Rome’s former mental hospital may become a ‘Hope Village’
The 140-plus acres of Rome’s mental hospital have stayed empty and forlorn-looking since the facility closed eight years ago. The shuttering of Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital came as the state was just beginning to execute its settlement agreement with the Justice Department over hospital conditions and the lack of... Read more
‘A big health care year’ under the Gold Dome
The battles over hospital regulation and financial disclosure appeared to be finished last week at the Georgia Legislature. But on Tuesday, as the 2019 General Assembly session was wrapping up, these prickly issues proved they weren’t dead after all. An attempt to allow a sports medicine and training center... Read more
State asking feds to end oversight of mental health services
Early this year, in the waning days of his tenure as Georgia governor, Nathan Deal wrote the U.S. Department of Justice a four-page letter, asking for an end to federal oversight of the state’s mental health and developmental disabilities system. The oversight role stems from a 2010 settlement agreement... Read more
Breakthrough: Legislature approves CON changes, Medicaid funding plan, hospital transparency
In a whirlwind of activity on health care bills, the General Assembly on Friday approved substantial changes to the state’s certificate-of-need system and the renewal of a Medicaid funding mechanism. The CON provisions in House Bill 186 will allow Cancer Treatment Centers of America a pathway to expand the... Read more

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