Georgia has too few nurses, and the problem could get much worse Hot

Feature Jan 17, 2017 1

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... Read more

Era of Trump could have big impact at CDC . . . and in Georgia

Feature Jan 6, 2017 0

The upcoming presidential change in Washington – not surprisingly – has brought an atmosphere... Read more

Bridging the data divide: Project aims to revolutionize reporting of diseases

Feature Jan 1, 2017 1

At first, Richard Paskach was a bit skeptical. Earlier this year, the health care... Read more
State insurance chief asks Congress to allow more local control

Georgia’s insurance commissioner wants Republicans in Congress to allow states more flexibility in setting their own health insurance rules.

Ralph Hudgens, who has long opposed the Affordable Care Act, also says that when it is repealed, as is likely, the federal government should fund state “high-risk’’ insurance pools for people with pre-existing health conditions.

And Hudgens supports insurers selling policies across state lines, even though a Georgia law allowing such sales has not led to any takers.

He makes the comments in a Jan. 13 letter to U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who, along with other House leaders, wrote to governors ...

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Commentary: Health care solutions we can embrace now

With Donald Trump in office as president, the health care landscape is facing changes, and some may be dramatic.

The Republican-led Congress and Trump aim to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which could be a long, complicated process.

In a new GHN Commentary, Kelly McCutchen of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation says that local demonstration projects may bring savings and preventive care to states like Georgia while Congress hammers out a replacement plan.

He cites the Grady Health System proposal for a waiver to provide care coordination to uninsured Fulton and DeKalb County residents.

“This care model would emphasize preventive and wellness ...

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Worst complaints about nursing homes getting swift attention despite backlog, state says

State officials say they are able to respond immediately to reports of abuse or neglect in Georgia nursing homes, despite facing a large backlog of complaints.

The backlog of nursing home complaints coming from residents, families and others is roughly 140, the Department of Community Health says. That’s at or near a historic high, as complaints about nursing home care have risen 50 percent over the past two years, the agency said. (GHN previously reported on the backlog in this article.)

Frank Berry, new commissioner of Community Health, said complaints against nursing homes have risen nationally. “Across the country and across the ...

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ACA repeal would be costly to CDC, public health, says report

The CDC would lose $890 million of funding annually if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, a new report says. That’s 12 percent of the Atlanta-based agency’s budget.

And states would lose more than $3 billion over the next five years — from grants and programs supported by the Prevention Fund, which is part of the ACA. That would include $20 million in public health funding to Georgia each year over five years, or a total of $100 million, the report says.

The report from the Trust for America’s Health, released Tuesday, comes amid Republican efforts to repeal the federal health reform ...

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State insurance chief asks Congress to allow more local control
Georgia’s insurance commissioner wants Republicans in Congress to allow states more flexibility in setting...
Commentary: Health care solutions we can embrace now
With Donald Trump in office as president, the health care landscape is facing changes,...
Worst complaints about nursing homes getting swift attention despite backlog, state says
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ACA repeal would be costly to CDC, public health, says report
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