Backlog of nursing home complaints, inspections linked to RN vacancies
State regulators have a backlog of about 200 complaints against nursing homes that need investigation, officials say. A high number of job vacancies for nurse surveyors is a major cause of the complaint backlog, according to the state Department of Community Health. The agency said the unaddressed nursing home... Read more
Emory goes Down Under to deliver nighttime intensive care here
Hospitals, like many other workplaces, have a tough time filling slots on the night shift. Few doctors and nurses want to work overnight hours, which are often inconvenient and can take a toll in fatigue and burnout. But in a novel way, Emory medical providers are addressing the problem.... Read more
One in 5 Ga. hospitals gets ‘A’ in safety ratings
Fifteen Georgia hospitals scored an “A’’ grade on patient safety in the latest Leapfrog Group report. The ratings, released Tuesday, showed that 21 percent of hospitals evaluated in the state got a top grade. That’s a slightly higher percentage for Georgia hospitals than in the Leapfrog rankings issued last fall,... Read more
Legislative twists: A standoff on nursing bill, and a boost for sports medicine center
A wild day in health care at the state Capitol on Tuesday began with a morning legislative hearing on something Democrats have sought for years: Medicaid expansion. No vote was taken on the expansion legislation, which was presented to the House Appropriations subcommittee on health. The day also included a health... Read more
Which health care bills will make it to finish line?
The dust has settled on a major legislative deadline. Yet much uncertainty surrounds the many health care bills that still have a shot at passage in the Georgia General Assembly this year. Which proposals end up passing both Houses, or falling by the wayside, will be revealed as the... Read more

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