How do the elderly who are homebound get COVID shots?
For Georgia seniors, the COVID vaccine rollout has been rocky at best. Yet an increasing number of people 65 and older living in the community and in long-term care facilities now are receiving COVID-19 vaccinations. But what about the elderly who are homebound? Right now, Georgia public health officials are... Read more
Letter to the Editor: Let’s take the Preceptor Tax Incentive all the way
I am writing to applaud the Georgia House of Representatives for taking a step last week toward better health for Georgians, as members voted in favor of HB 287, the Preceptor Tax Incentive Program (PTIP).  I am really hoping that the Georgia Senate will follow suit during this legislative... Read more
Commentary: Rural birthing centers would fill a real need
Pregnant women in rural Georgia can have difficulty finding a hospital close to home that offers birthing services. But there’s another solution, say Emory University nursing faculty members. A micro-hospital that has an “along-side’’ birth centers can provide maternity services to rural families – and save Medicaid money, write... Read more
Rural birth centers would help many Georgia women
This Commentary is written by Helen Baker, Priscilla Hall and Jennifer Vanderlaan As of July 1, 2018, people in rural counties in Georgia can receive local hospital services through micro-hospitals. Although these 24-hour emergency units with less than 10 inpatient beds will help improve access to many types of... Read more
Georgia has too few nurses, and the problem could get much worse
Merry Fort, an RN who lives in Macon, has seen nursing shortages before. But, she says, “I’ve never seen it like this.” Fort works for a company that supplies “travel nurses’’ — hired to work in a specific location for a limited amount of time — and temp nurses... Read more

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