Child and adolescent death rates from unintentional injuries dropped 29 percent from 2000 to 2009, the CDC reports. But child death rates from suffocation are on the rise, according to the same report. There was a 54 percent increase in reported suffocation among infants less than 1 year old.... Read more
Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare programs are tight on cash. The cash-flow problem has prompted the Department of Community Health to ask medical providers and insurers to give the agency some flexibility on payments. The financial situation came up Thursday at a Department of Community Health board meeting. Scott Frederking,... Read more
The timeline is still in flux for the state’s highly anticipated decision on a new structure for Georgia Medicaid and PeachCare. The Department of Community Health was scheduled to decide this month on a ‘‘redesign’’ structure for the two government insurance programs. But officials say they need more time... Read more
Legendary Georgia pediatrician Dr. Leila Denmark died Sunday in Athens at age 114. Denmark lived with her daughter, Mary Hutcherson, who told GHN last year that Denmark “has a lot of fans who keep up with her.’’ The pediatrician, who practiced until she was 103, was known far beyond... Read more
A powerful voice in health care — Q & A with David Cook
If you add Medicaid and PeachCare beneficiaries to the members of the state employees’ health plan, it comes to more than 2 million Georgians. The Department of Community Health, in charge of those three health programs, oversees the health care of more than 20 percent of the state’s population.... Read more

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