Category Archives: Health

Georgia Health News: Trump’s halt to insurer payments: What it all means for Georgia.

Georgia Health News: Trump’s halt to insurer payments: What it all means for Georgia.

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News On one level, the White House’s pledge late Thursday to stop cost-sharing payments to health insurers under the Affordable Care Act won’t make a major difference in Georgia. That’s because three of the four health insurers offering coverage on the state exchange have already factored in the likely elimination of the… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Trump approves looser rules on ‘association health plans’ — and what that means for the state.

Georgia Health News: Trump approves looser rules on ‘association health plans’ — and what that means for the state.

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News President Trump signed an executive order Thursday that would potentially ease rules on “association health plans’’ and on the sale of short-term, low-cost insurance policies. Because federal agencies must develop the regulations and guidance for these changes, no significant changes will occur for months. Trump Trump said Thursday that “with these actions we… Read more

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10th anniversary of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes set for noon today in downtown Rome, part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

10th anniversary of Walk a Mile in Her Shoes set for noon today in downtown Rome, part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

From a media release: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Hospitality House for Women is prepared to heighten Rome-Floyd County’s knowledge of such violence and break down barriers for victims. Hospitality House invites the community to get involved about the issue of domestic violence; after all, silence only fuels the violence. Some opportunities include:… Read more

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Health: Recognizing the signs of alcohol dependency, opioid addiction subject of Willowbrooke at Floyd seminars. Highland Rivers earns three-year accreditation renewal.

Health: Recognizing the signs of alcohol dependency, opioid addiction subject of Willowbrooke at Floyd seminars. Highland Rivers earns three-year accreditation renewal.

How to recognize the signs of alcohol dependency and opioid addiction and where to get help will be the focus of two, free community education events organized by \ in Polk County and Floyd County in November. The event in Polk County will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at… Read more

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Dr. Courtney Cash joins Global Impact International (Restoration Rome) as vice president of development and community engagement.

Dr. Courtney Cash joins Global Impact International (Restoration Rome) as vice president of development and community engagement.

  On radio:  Dr. Courtney Cash, the new Vice President of Development and Community Engagement for Global Impact International, parent ministry of Restoration Rome, joins us at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday on the Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM and online at wrga.streamon.fm. Media release: Global Impact International, the parent ministry of Restoration Rome, has announced… Read more

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Health: Harbin Clinic introduces DaTScan Imaging for patients with concerns about Parkinson’s.

Health: Harbin Clinic introduces DaTScan Imaging for patients with concerns about Parkinson’s.

  Media release: For those experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease, Harbin Clinic’s newest diagnostic test can help answer tough questions, optimize treatment regimens and give patients peace of mind. Home to the only imaging equipment in Northwest Georgia that performs this type of scan, Harbin Clinic Imaging Rome is now offering DaTscan Imaging for those… Read more

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Health: CDC report says suicide rates are higher in rural areas’ NAMI’s Bonnie Moore says ‘it’s harder to get services’ in those areas.

Health: CDC report says suicide rates are higher in rural areas’ NAMI’s Bonnie Moore says ‘it’s harder to get services’ in those areas.

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News While suicide rates have increased across the United States, the highest percentages are in rural counties, a new CDC report reveals. That differential may reflect not only economic factors, but also insufficient access to  mental health treatment in rural areas, experts say. Overall, suicide death rates for rural counties… Read more

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Health commentary: It’s past time to erase the stigma of mental illness (Oct. 1-7 is Mental Illness Awareness Week)

Health commentary: It’s past time to erase the stigma of mental illness (Oct. 1-7 is Mental Illness Awareness Week)

  By Melanie Dallas, LPC, and CEO of Highland Rivers Health Mental illness is sometimes called the invisible illness – but for very different reasons than people might call high blood pressure a silent killer. While both invisible and silent would seem to imply stealthy, secretive diseases, hypertension is referred to as a silent disease because… Read more

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Health: Blood Assurance on standby to assist Las Vegas hospitals; how and where to donate locally. Link to the latest updates from the massacre scene.

Health: Blood Assurance on standby to assist Las Vegas hospitals; how and where to donate locally. Link to the latest updates from the massacre scene.

  Mandalay Bay Massacre: For the latest from Las Vegas, we recommend the Review-Journal website. Click Updates On radio: Mandy Perry of Blood Assurance’s Rome office will join us at 7:40 a.m. Tuesday on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM or listen at wrga.streamon.fm. Media release:  Blood Assurance is on standby to send blood… Read more

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State accepts big hikes in rates for ’18 insurance exchange, according to Georgia Health News.

State accepts big hikes in rates for ’18 insurance exchange, according to Georgia Health News.

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News State insurance officials Wednesday gave approval to premium increases of more than 50 percent for the four insurers participating in next year’s insurance exchange in Georgia. The officials said that the huge rate hikes assume that subsidies for insurers to lower consumers’ out-of-pocket costs will not be paid next year by… Read more

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Health: Groundbreaking held for new home of Harbin Clinic Family Medicine and Pediatrics in Adairsville.

Health: Groundbreaking held for new home of Harbin Clinic Family Medicine and Pediatrics in Adairsville.

  Harbin Clinic breaks ground on new Adairsville office. Tuesday’s ceremony marks the formal start of what’s on the way: A 10,000-square-foot building at the corner of North Central Avenue and U.S. 41 expected to open in May 2018. Planned within the mostly brick-and-stucco building are a lab, a family medicine wing with 10 exam rooms… Read more

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Health: State Sen. Chuck Hufsteter and Georgia Health Care Reform Task Force discuss opioid crisis; October meeting planned in Rome.

Health: State Sen. Chuck Hufsteter and Georgia Health Care Reform Task Force discuss opioid crisis; October meeting planned in Rome.

State Sen. Chuck Hufstetler met Monday with Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Sens. Renee Unterman, Dean Burke, Ben Watson, Kay Kirkpatrick, Jack Hill and Doc Rhett, for the fourth meeting of Georgia’s Health Care Reform Task Force. Members discussed solutions to address the opioid crisis in our state while elevating Georgia as a leader in… Read more

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Health: Flu vaccines available on a walk-in basis during regular business hours at the Floyd County Health Department at 16 E. 12th St.

Health: Flu vaccines available on a walk-in basis during regular business hours at the Floyd County Health Department at 16 E. 12th St.

  Media release: The Floyd County Health Department at 16 E. 12th St., Rome, is offering flu vaccines on a walk-in basis during regular business hours. Public health experts say now is a good time for people to consider getting vaccinated for the upcoming flu season. “Get your flu vaccine as soon as it is available… Read more

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