A nationwide hospital accrediting agency is singling out 13 Georgia hospitals for an elite distinction. The hospitals are among about four-hundred nationwide earning top marks from the Joint Commission. That's the non-profit agency that deems hospitals worthy of Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement.
The Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Augusta is trying to contact 33 patients who got overlooked last year when the VA alerted thousands of people they might have exposed to infectious body fluids. Hospital director Rebecca Wiley said Wednesday the VA wants to test the patients for possible infections, though the risk is low.
A group of hospitals in Augusta is working on a system for sharing electronic medical records. The effort could make it easier for healthcare providers to track patients’ information across the region, the state and eventually the nation.