When it comes to access to mental health services, Georgia ranks almost last in the nation.
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 […]
Also, near a billion dollars for raises for a workforce that seems eager to leave.
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.
The high-stakes battle to build a hospital in Georgia’s most-populated county without one faces new hurdles, just two months after the state Supreme Court gave a green light for the project in Columbia County that’s been in litigation since 2014.
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.
The durability of metro Atlanta’s population growth is evident in the second expansion in three years at Northside Hospital Cherokee, and at Northside’s facilities in Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.
Patients may find wait times are shorter to get orders for an MRI and similar procedures following Gov. Brian Kemp’s decision to back nurses over doctors and allow nurses with certain credentials to order radiologic tests.
A shortage of doctors who specialize in infectious disease is looming at a time these specialists are needed to help manage the COVID-19 pandemic and are among the lowest paid of all medical specialties, a doctor at Duke University reports.
Even work puts black and brown people at higher risk of sickness of now.
Grady Memorial Hospital will have barely half of its beds available for patients even after up to 52 beds are opened with proceeds of a $2.1 grant from the Marcus Foundation, state records show.
Treatments of the coronovirus are emerging from two groups in metro Atlanta – a drug that Emory University is helping to create; and a nationwide survey of doctors that shows a majority would prescribe to their family members a malaria drug cited by President Trump.
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.
Atlanta City Council passed a resolution that says access to sexual and reproductive health care, including abortion, is a human right.
For Kemp’s team, it’s ideally a short-term assist that would boost folks into the kind of jobs that come with health care benefits. For critics, it’s a plan that leaves too many people out.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is asking the federal government to endorse and send money for a plan to make individual health insurance cheaper.
Atlanta’s airport is soon to have a staff totaling an additional 10 to 20 emergency medical technicians stationed inside the terminal, enabling help to arrive more quickly at the side of persons in need of medical treatment, according to Atlanta’s fire chief.
Georgia’s budget, counting state and federal money, is bigger than football, but smaller than Home Depot. Most of the spending is on health care and education.
A state Senate committee this afternoon is to take up two bills that offer completely different approaches to restructure the state’s system that oversees the expansion of health facilities, a topic expected to draw such a large crowd that the meeting is scheduled in the Senate’s largest committee room.
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.