Our CON laws are working, and we need to keep them
For the past few decades, there has been a push at many levels to do away with government regulations on business. This effort has only increased recently. Along these lines, every year or two, some state politician suggests doing away with Georgia’s Certificate of Need (CON) laws, which regulate... Read more
Take advantage of what Medicare has to offer
Resources are available to educate patients about Chronic Care Management About half of all adults in the United States – 117 million people – have one or more chronic health conditions such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or dementia, and one in four adults have two or more conditions,... Read more
Media time for kids: Use it wisely as well as sparingly
Is your toddler already swiping across your smartphone, FaceTiming with family and friends, and confusing Siri with incoherent questions? Tired of wrestling it away for fear that screen time could hinder the child’s development? Parents, take a sigh of relief. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has new guidelines for... Read more
Governor took the right stand in limiting opioid prescriptions
Gov. Nathan Deal acted wisely last week in vetoing SB 125, which would have given physician assistants the right to independently prescribe hydrocodone.  This dangerous opioid drug — which is used for pain relief in children, adolescents and adults — is at the heart of an increasing abuse-and-addiction epidemic.... Read more
Veto will have painful consequences for rural patients
Rural Georgians are once again bearing the brunt of myopic health care policy decisions coming from Atlanta. On Tuesday, just days after the Jenkins County Hospital closure announcement, a bill designed to restore delegated prescriptive authority to Georgia’s board-certified physician assistants (PAs) treating painful injuries and other medical emergencies... Read more

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