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Health equity is a major concern for former WellStar board member

Last week, Wellstar Health Systems announced plans to close its downtown hospital effective Nov. 1 By Allison Joyner As reactions from the announcement of the Atlanta Medical Center (AMC) closing continue to pour in, one person says that shock should not be one of them.  “Needless to say, it was very upsetting but certainly wasn’t […]

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Addressing health inequities through community partnerships

By Guest Columnist TODD ELLIS, DHA, principal in KPMG’s Health and Government Solutions practice

Healthcare and access to medical resources is top of mind for many these days. Whether it’s related to the COVID-19 pandemic, health insurance, prescription drug costs or the difficulty of navigating the system, healthcare plays a crucial role in our daily lives. Today, we also recognize there are still barriers that may affect medical access for historically underserved communities.

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Time has arrived for Atlanta leaders to eliminate systemic racism, healthcare disparities

By Guest Columnist DUANE ELLIOT REYNOLDS, founder/CEO of Just Health Collective

Georgia is one of 12 states that have not adopted Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. There are new incentives under the American Recovery Act for states to expand coverage and there is increasing evidence that Medicaid expansion is linked to improvements including in access, financial security, and some health status.

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As virus advances, the vestiges of Hill-Burton form a tattered line of defense

Lister Hill was an Alabama Democrat, the son of the first American physician to suture a human heart. Harold Burton, an Ohio Republican, was a former Cleveland mayor who was already serving on the U.S. Supreme Court when the legislation he’d co-sponsored with Hill was signed in 1946. The health care system which today faces its greatest crisis is in large part the creature of the law which bears these senator’s names, the Hill-Burton Act.

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New hospital planned in North Georgia as one reopens temporarily to protect state certificate

A new hospital is to be built and open in 2022 in Lumpkin County to serve an area just beyond the northern edge of the territory to be served by the soon-to-be consolidated Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health Systems. During construction of the new facility, a closed hospital in Dahlonega is to reopen to protect a state certificate of approval of the type that some lawmakers say is outdated and should be eliminated.