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Readmission penalties for Medicare patients hitting dozens of Georgia hospitals

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News A Medicare initiative aimed at reducing readmissions of discharged patients is penalizing 88 percent of Georgia hospitals evaluated in the program. That’s a slightly higher percentage than the national average of 83 percent of hospitals penalized in the readmission program. The cuts in payments come as Medicare continues its […]

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Georgia Public Health Officials Confirm Second Death In Vaping Illness Outbreak

Georgia Public Health Officials Confirm Second Death In Vaping Illness Outbreak

BY SAM WHITEHEAD, Georgia Health News The CDC reports that more than 1,000 lung injury cases have been tied to e-cigarettes and vaping products. Another person has died from a vaping-related illness, as reported by Georgia health officials. This is the second death in the state tied to a nationwide outbreak of lung illness in […]

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Sexual Preference Discrimination Discussed

Sexual Preference Discrimination Discussed

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Fannin County Democrats met October 7 in the Senior Center. Vice Chair Connie Galloway was the guest speaker. Galloway introduced her spouse, Dixie Carter and stated they had been together over 19 years. Galloway played a video she made in 2015 explaining how she was fired because of […]

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President Donald Trump

Trump’s Executive Order on Medicare: Brainstorm Health

By Sy Mukherjee, Brainstorm Health-Fortune (Reprinted with Permission) The Trump administration made a pretty significant move today (Oct. 3) on health care policy—President Trump issued an executive order on Medicare aiming to further privatize the public program, which covers some 60 million elderly and disabled Americans. To be clear, Medicare already contains a significant private […]

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Citizens update BOC on Cellular 5G Dangers

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Two citizens addressed the Board of Commissioners during the public commentary portion of the September 24 meeting. Jacqueline Howard began, “I am here today to express a great concern not only to myself, but to many Fannin County residents.” Howard then explained 5G stands for 5th generation wireless […]

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FDA alerts health care professionals and patients to voluntary recall of ranitidine medicines

9/26/19: STATEMENT The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and patients to a voluntary recall of over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine tablets (75 mg and 150 mg), labeled by Walgreens, Walmart, and Rite-Aid and manufactured by Apotex Corp. These medicines may contain low levels of a nitrosamine impurity called N-nitrosodi- methylamine (NDMA). Con- […]

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Walmart Health’s first “super center for basic healthcare services” opened Sept. 13, 2019 in Dallas, Georgia.

Walmart’s First Healthcare Services ‘Super Center’ Opens

Walmart is opening its first 10,000 square-foot “Walmart Health” center that features an array of primary medical services, dental care, and behavioral health services as part of a new model expected to eventually be replicated in other markets. The first such “Walmart Health” brand center opened Friday (Sept. 13) in Dallas, Georgia, as a health […]

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Walmart e-cigs sales halt

Walmart To Quit Selling E-Cigarettes Amid Vaping Backlash

AP Report Walmart is getting out of the vaping business. The nation’s largest retailer said Friday that it will stop selling electronic cigarettes at its namesake stores and Sam’s Clubs in the U.S. when it sells out its current inventory. The nation’s largest retailer said the move is due to “growing federal, state and local […]

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This photo shows destruction from Hurricane Dorian at Marsh Harbour in Great Abaco Island, the Bahamas, Sept. 4, 2019.

Hurricane Dorian’s destruction of the Bahamas

The destruction caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas could cost “hundreds of millions, if not billions” of dollars to repair, according to the deputy prime minister, as aerial images showed whole neighborhoods destroyed. With at least seven reported dead and scores more still missing, helicopters operated by the U.S. Coast Guard among others were […]

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Red Flag Laws Explained to Mountain Patriots

Red Flag Laws Explained to Mountain Patriots

By Debi Holcomb, Fannin Sentinel Staff Writer Over fifty people attended the September 5 Mountain Patriots meeting in the Fannin County Senior Center. A light meal was provided. Sheriff Dane Kirby said Chairman Lane Bishop asked him to speak to the group about Red Flag Laws and Kirby replied, “Lane, I don’t know a thing […]

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