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Panel: Changes needed to improve Ga. rural health
Recommendations include expanding insurance coverage
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A panel in the Georgia House is recommending drastic changes to help stop decline of health care in rural areas of the state. - photo by Wikimedia Commons
An influential task force of Georgia House members has approved a set of bold proposals to bolster rural health care in the state. The recommendations from the House Rural Development Council include expanding insurance coverage through a Medicaid “waiver’’ project and making a fundamental change in the state’s licensing laws known as Certificate of Need (CON). The report’s proposals, approved Wednesday, also include streamlined billing for health care services; requiring nursing homes to have telemedicine capability; and allowing expanded responsibility for health care providers who are not physicians.
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