Cold caps to fight hair loss from chemotherapy: Will the idea catch on here? Hot

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Emily Ferguson is happy when she looks in the mirror and recognizes herself, a slender and athletic woman with medium blonde hair cut at shoulder length. And she’s relieved that she doesn’t have to worry about how to cover... Read more

Fraudsters, beware! Health IT firm launched in Georgia is after you Hot

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Health care fraud is estimated to cost the nation at least $68 billion annually... Read more

Why so many nurses get hurt on the job

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“I think in every job there are hidden risks,” said Paige Cummings, director of... Read more
Ideas and a sense of urgency permeate rural health care symposium

For many rural hospitals in Georgia, the threat of closure is constant. The state has one of the highest closure rates for hospitals in the nation, and those numbers do not show any sign of slowing.

Policymakers, medical professionals and those interested in rural health care converged at a symposium at the University of Georgia School of Law last week to discuss the unique challenges of rural medicine.

The standard definition of a rural county is one whose population is under 35,000, though legislation at the Georgia General Assembly recently revised that criterion, including any county with a population under 50,000 residents. ...

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Market shake-up: HCA buying hospital in Savannah

HCA has agreed to acquire Memorial Health’s financially struggling hospital in Savannah in a $710 million deal.

The agreement, announced Wednesday night, would provide much-needed cash infusion for Memorial University Medical Center, a large safety-net hospital that has been looking for a partner.

The deal would also vault HCA, a national for-profit hospital chain, into a stronger position in Georgia. The Nashville-based company already operates seven hospitals in the Peach State. But none is a big safety-net hospital such as Memorial.

The Memorial Health board unanimously agreed to a proposal from HCA to sign a letter of intent to purchase the assets of ...

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State’s air quality improves as EPA funding fight looms

Metro Atlanta and Georgia continue to show improvements in air quality, a new report says.

The American Lung Association’s 2017 “State of the Air” report shows Georgia has improved on the three most common forms of hazardous air pollution.

“We’re seeing improvements all over the Southeast,’’ June Deen of the Lung Association said Wednesday.

The group cited the Clean Air Act for cleaning up air pollution.

Deen, though, voiced concerns about possible large funding cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, which enforces the act, passed in the 1970s. President Trump’s recent budget proposal would cut EPA funding by nearly one-third.

Metro Atlanta had the fewest ozone ...

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Georgia Supreme Court hears arguments in Northside records case

Is the nonprofit Northside Hospital Inc. subject to the state’s open records law?

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments on the high-profile case, which involves Northside’s rejection of requests for information about financial documents and other matters.

Attorney Peter Canfield argued that Northside – a financially successful hospital system based in Atlanta – is subject to the Georgia Open Records Act because it was created by a public hospital authority, which is a government entity, and that it operates solely on the authority’s behalf.

The outcome of the legal battle may have a major effect on the Georgia hospital industry, because Northside’s corporate ...

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Market shake-up: HCA buying hospital in Savannah
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