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Andy Miller

Andy Miller

Andy Miller, Senior Editor, has been a health care journalist for 29 years. Miller graduated from Duke in 1973 and received a master’s in education from Duke in 1979. He was a social studies teacher and basketball coach before switching careers to journalism. He entered the master’s in journalism program at University of North Carolina in 1984. He was hired by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he had editing and reporting positions before switching to health care in 1992. He covered that beat until 2009, when he retired. He launched Georgia Health News in 2010, where he continued as editor and CEO until Georgia Health News joined KHN.

Georgia slips even lower among states on new health scorecard

By: - September 14, 2020

Georgia slipped to No. 46 among the states in a new ranking of health system performance, down from 42nd the previous year. The new 2020 Commonwealth Fund report on states’ health system performance, released Friday, noted that Georgia performed well by certain measures. Those include a high rate of diabetic adults having an annual hemoglobin […]

COVID figures spike at UGA again as 1,400 students infected

By: - September 10, 2020

The University of Georgia saw a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases for the second week in a row. The college said Wednesday that 1,417 positive tests were reported through the University’s DawgCheck reporting system for the period of Aug. 31 – Sept. 4. That’s up from 821 from the week before, which was the first week of […]

Top nurses upset at sudden exit of popular Georgia board chief

By: - September 8, 2020

The departure of the state Board of Nursing’s executive director has stunned nurse leaders in Georgia, who told Georgia Health News that he did “a great job’’ in that position. Jim Cleghorn served in the role for 10 years. He was also president of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. Deputy Secretary of […]

Community Health looks ahead to big financial hole to fill next year

By: - August 27, 2020

Georgia’s main health care agency recently avoided major budget cuts that hit other departments, largely because the federal government increased its share of matching funds for state Medicaid programs. The extra money was aimed at helping states weather the financial devastation from the COVID-19 pandemic. But when that federal bump ends – which is projected […]

Rural SW Ga. hospital plans October closure; COVID was the last straw

By: - July 27, 2020

The financial blow from COVID-19 has helped force the closure of a rural hospital in Georgia. Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center was facing financial challenges even before the pandemic struck, and Randolph County, where it is located, has among the highest per-capita infection rates in the state. “It has become increasingly difficult for small, critical-access hospitals […]

Medicaid, PeachCare keep gaining enrollment as pandemic continues

By: - July 21, 2020

Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare rolls continue to grow amid the economic devastation from COVID-19. Newly released June enrollment figures show that Medicaid membership grew by 23,000, while PeachCare, the children’s health insurance program in Georgia, saw enrollment rise by nearly 14,000. That continues a steady increase in each program, though April’s Medicaid growth was much […]

SW Ga. detention center cases boost Stewart County as infection hot spot

By: - July 7, 2020

The latest Georgia county to show up on a national ‘‘hot spot’’ list for high rates of COVID-19 is Stewart County, at least in part linked to an outbreak in the immigration detention center there. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says on its website that through June 30, 55 detainees at the Stewart […]