APRIL 13, 2017
Georgia slips lower in Leapfrog ratings on hospital safety
Georgia Health News
Less than 20 percent of Georgia hospitals earned an “A” grade on patient safety in the latest ratings from the Leapfrog Group. | READ MORE
Should Medicaid be converted to a block-grant program?
The Wall Street Journal
It costs a lot more to provide medical care to the country’s poor today than it did when Medicaid was introduced: about $554 billion in 2015, compared with about $1 billion in 1966, the program’s first full year. | READ MORE
As some holdout states revisit Medicaid expansion, new data show it pays off
Kaiser Health News
Although the GOP-controlled Congress is pledging its continued interest — despite stalls and snags — to dismantle Obamacare, some “red state” legislatures are changing course and showing a newfound interest in embracing the health law’s Medicaid expansion. | READ MORE
‘Good Samaritan’ helps cut opioid overdose deaths in Georgia
Georgia Health News
Every day, 91 Americans die from opioid overdoses.That adds up to more than 33,000 people in 2015, or four times as many such overdose deaths as in 1999. | READ MORE
Map: The states with the most opioid-related ED visits
Advisory Board

Rates of opioid-related ED and inpatient visits skyrocketed between 2005 and 2014, with Massachusetts posting the highest rates in the country as of 2014, according to data compiled by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). 
No ‘death spiral’: Insurers may soon profit from Obamacare plans
The New York Times
In contrast to the dire pronouncements from President Trump and other Republicans, the demise of the individual insurance market seems greatly exaggerated, according to a new financial analysis released Friday. | READ MORE
Can consumers be smart health care shoppers?
The Wall Street Journal
Patients are told they need to take greater control over their care. But are laypeople capable of sifting through all their choices to make the right decisions—particularly when it comes to costs? | READ MORE
Fulton [County] health department now under state control
The Marietta Daily Journal
The Fulton County Board of Health and Wellness is now an independent county board operating under state control. | READ MORE
Rockdale is 45th, Newton 52nd in county health rankings
The Citizens
The 2017 County Health Rankings are out, and Rockdale County is ranked 45th out of Georgia’s 159 counties for health outcomes, while Newton County is ranked 52nd. | READ MORE
Legislators may change HIV transmission laws
Georgia Health News
In Georgia, spitting a piece of gum at another person could land you in jail. At least that’s the case if you’re an HIV-positive person deliberately spitting the gum at the person. | READ MORE
Why so many nurses get injured on the job 
Georgia Health News
“I think in every job there are hidden risks,” said Paige Cummings, director of the Athens Nurses Clinic. These are perils “that people in that area are very aware of and people on the outside may not be.” | READ MORE
St. Joseph’s/Candler still growing health care 20 years later
Business in Savannah
It’s been 20 years since Savannah’s two oldest hospitals joined in a “remarkable journey” to expand their provider network throughout the region and better serve their communities. | READ MORE
New chief at helm of WellStar North Fulton
Georgia Health News
Jon-Paul Croom has taken over this month as the new president of WellStar North Fulton Hospital in Roswell. | READ MORE
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