Tue., November 5, 2013 6:00am
Millions of older adults are unable to get the dental services they need because it’s often not covered by Medicare, Medicaid or the VA. Among Georgians 65 years and older, almost one in four have lost all their teeth, according to the CDC’s State Oral Health Profile. And Georgia has no dentist in 24 of its 159 counties.
Thu., October 31, 2013 1:31pm
Two months ago, state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens appeared at a GOP event in Rome and made a statement that went viral in Georgia political circles. “The problem is Obamacare,’’ said Hudgens, an outspoken critic of the health care law. “Let me tell you what we’re doing: Everything in our power to be an obstructionist.’’ On Thursday, Hudgens clarified his "obstructionist" comment, saying his mouth got away with him.
Thu., October 31, 2013 7:50am
The horrors of bullying burst into the news again this week with the report of an 8-year-old Carroll County girl having her hair pulled so hard that her scalp ripped. Bullying has always been a major problem, but its prevalence appears to have increased with the growth of social media sites and the Internet, experts say. And it has not been an easy problem to solve.
Thu., October 31, 2013 5:00am
State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens says as many as 400,000 Georgians who buy their own insurance could receive cancellations notices or have their plans modified as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Hudgens' spokesman Glenn Allen said Wednesday the figures are based on internal estimates.
Wed., October 30, 2013 5:00am
The financial arithmetic from the Affordable Care Act could inadvertently undermine the safety net in Georgia, the CEO of Grady Health System said Tuesday. Grady’s chief executive, John Haupert, pointed to the health reform law’s removal of federal funding that hospitals receive for treating a large share of low-income patients.
Mon., October 28, 2013 9:00am
For Harold Weber, an Athens resident who worked in the health insurance industry for 30 years, the most important aspect of the Affordable Care Act is its approach. Weber watched the rise and fall of HMO plans in the 1990s and believes the ACA will finally succeed where others failed. That’s why he applied to be one of Georgia’s 100 ACA health care navigators.
Fri., October 25, 2013 5:24am
Phoebe Putney Health System said Thursday that it is cutting 127 jobs as part of an organizational restructuring. These reductions come on top of the 33 “leadership’’ positions eliminated earlier this month by Phoebe Putney, the dominant hospital system in southwest Georgia. The Albany-based system said the job reduction would lower operating costs by $10 million. Similar staffing cuts are occurring elsewhere in the state and nation.
Thu., October 24, 2013 9:00am
Over the next few months, thousands of fourth-year medical students will apply to residency programs across the United States. On average, each of them sends 10 to 20 applications — hoping to find the post-graduate training of their dreams. On average, program directors receive about 2,000 applications, letters of recommendations, medical school transcripts and other documents through the Electronic Residency Application Service. But because most programs have only 15 or 20 slots to fill, directors must turn away far more hopefuls than they accept.
Wed., October 23, 2013 8:00am
Months after a high-profile fight to renew Georgia’s provider fee, the hospital industry is again concerned about the fee’s fate. This time, the source of the industry’s anxiety is not the state Capitol, but Washington. As the fiscal standoff intensified last month, the Republican House leadership at one point pushed repealing such Medicaid provider assessments, including those for nursing homes, according to hospital industry officials.
Tue., October 22, 2013 8:00am
Shortages of dozens of critical drugs have persisted in the United States in recent years, with manufacturing problems cited as a major reason. Some of the drugs in limited supply include anesthetics, chemotherapeutic agents, antibiotics, painkillers and intravenous solutions. An Athens shortage of doxycycline also illustrates the opaque pricing of drugs, devices and medical procedures. The health care system provides very few simple ways for consumers to compare costs before they obtain a service or drug.