Commentary: Medicare pay cuts will do harm
Physical therapists can help seniors stay active and independent. And this therapy can also reduce the risk of falls, which lead to more than 30,000 deaths annually. But proposed federal payment cuts under Medicare threaten the financial stability of physical therapists, says Zach Walston, an Alpharetta-based physical therapist, in... Read more
A misguided plan for Medicare cuts
By Zach Walston Specialty care providers in Georgia have worked tirelessly through the pandemic to ensure their patients have maintained access to vital care, including physical, occupational, and speech therapy. However, steep payment cuts proposed by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) threaten patient access to... Read more
Harmonizing for health: A choir of Parkinson’s patients
Editor’s Note: GHN is reprinting this 2019 article as a tribute to its author, Judi Kanne, an Atlanta freelance journalist and nurse who died recently.  Singing isn’t new for Mike Shortal, who is 81 and lives in Sandy Springs. He loves music, and says being a member of a... Read more
Gun rights bill passes amid flurry of activity on health legislation
Despite two recent mass shootings, including one in Georgia, the state Senate on Monday passed a gun rights bill that proponents say protects the Second Amendment freedoms of citizens. The bill passed along party lines, with Republicans, who control the chamber, voting in favor of it. Gov. Brian Kemp’s... Read more
Showdown with House looms after Senate panel guts patient visit bill
A Senate committee has gutted legislation that would require hospitals and long-term care facilities to allow a “legal representative’’ to visit a patient or resident during a health emergency. A stripped-down House Bill 290 was approved by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee on Wednesday after about 90... Read more

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