Commentary: Time to reform CON has arrived
Proposed changes to the state’s certificate-of-need program have stirred up a storm at the Georgia General Assembly. The CON system regulates health care facility construction and the provision of medical services in the state. Legislation has been introduced to fundamentally overhaul CON, but hospitals have fought against major changes.... Read more
Stalemate or solution? Legislative fight over surprise billing renewed
The thorny problem of surprise medical billing has once again sparked competing remedies within the General Assembly. Past attempts at a solution have ended in failure and frustration. Whether this year’s bills will actually lead to a resolution is anyone’s guess. Surprise bills occur when consumers have procedures or visit... Read more
Health care agenda: Will longtime disputes be resolved?
Despite a new lineup of legislators – as well as a new governor and lieutenant governor — many health care issues in the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly will have a familiar look. They are largely the same ones that have percolated under the Gold Dome in... Read more
Flu statistics worrisome in Georgia, but it’s too early to predict impact
Public Health officials said Tuesday that they’re concerned about flu trends in Georgia. It’s not clear whether the flu season could be as severe as last year’s, state epidemiologist Cherie Drenzek told the board of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “It’s too early to know,’’ she said, adding,... Read more
Maternal death rate is a problem that needs a factual approach
This Commentary is written by Dr. Michael Lindsay and Dr. Jane Ellis of  Emory University School of Medicine A recent article in a local publication was headlined “Georgia maternal death rate, once ranked worst in the U.S., worse now.” While the problem of maternal mortality is very real –... Read more

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