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Lawsuits accuse medical companies of exploiting diabetic and kidney patients

4:01 pm Feb. 23, 2017

Medical companies schemed to take advantage of patients’ chronic illnesses to pump up profits, according to two unrelated lawsuits filed on behalf of Georgians.

One suit, filed by a retirement fund for Georgia law enforcement officers, accuses DaVita of targeting low-income and elderly kidney dialysis patients in a strategy to boost stock prices.

It worked like this, the suit says: DaVita steered Medicare and Medicaid patients to private insurance by telling them

Family photo shows Richard Tavera (center) at a birthday celebration several years ago.

911 call hinted at prison’s dysfunction after inmate’s hanging

11:45 am Feb. 20, 2017

Confusion reigned inside the isolation-segregation unit at Smith State Prison when inmate Richard Tavera hanged himself in his cell, and it didn’t end when guards finally summoned paramedics.

For more than a minute,  a prison official — a woman who didn’t identify herself by name — struggled to tell the Tattnall County dispatcher why EMS was needed at the Glennville facility, according to the recording of the 911 call.

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Medical boards mum about allegations involving ex-Georgia ob/gyn charged with sex assault

9:42 am Feb. 16, 2017

Georgia hospitals offered no public explanations when obstetrician Paul Harnetty apparently lost his privileges in 2010, news reports show. His medical group had nothing to say, either, other than that he was “disassociated” from it, the Macon Telegraph reported at the time.

Mum was the word from the Georgia Composite Medical Board, too. It took no public disciplinary action against Harnetty after about a dozen of his patients from the

A hazy scene at City Hall document dump

12:09 pm Feb. 10, 2017

Reporters sorting 1.4 million pages of paper documents inside Atlanta’s old City Council chambers became mildly alarmed Friday morning when a sickening electrical smell turned into a smoky haze.

The burning smell sent reporters quickly unplugging