Things often move fast in the world of Georgia healthcare news. Here’s a look at some of the biggest stories from the last seven days.
Proposed Changes to CON Rejected
Despite some heavy hitting support from members of both political parties the proposed changes to Georgia’s Certificate of Need – CON – system were rejected this week. The proposal was backed by several high-profile legislators who sought to update the decades-old program which regulates how many health care facilities can pop up in any given area with the goal of controlling health care costs. Read More
Controversial “Heartbeat Bill” Advances
In a chamber filled with great emotion from interested parties from both sides of the ongoing national debate on abortion this week a Georgia House committee approved legislation Wednesday to outlaw abortion after a fetus’ heartbeat can be detected. Read More
Former Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Patient Gives Back as a Nurse
Almost a decade ago a teenager’s life was saved by the staff at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Caitlin Pirello recently returned there, but not just to say thank you but to begin working as a nurse, determined to help other kids in the way she was. Read More
‘Father Of PeachCare’: Ga. Rep. Channell Remembered
The Peachcare Program for Kids has, over the past 20 years, helped bridge the gap for thousands of underinsured Georgia kids and is one of the best such programs in the country. The man who fought so hard to make it law, despite initial reservations, Rep. Mickey Channell, died last week, and was fondly remembered by many for his contributions to the health and wellbeing of so many as the ‘Father of Peachcare’ Read More.