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Georgiahealthinfo.gov Touts New Features To Help Georgians Make Better Health Care Decisions

Joye Burton sent a message using the contact form at
http://www.abouthealthtransparency.org/contact.

ATLANTA – Georgiahealthinfo.gov just made it even easier for Georgians to navigate through the myriad of health care options available to them. Newly added features such as long-term care quality comparisons, expanded provider look-up, and clinic and specialty hospitals search tools, enhance Georgians’ ability to identify long-term care options and health care providers.

“We are proud to provide Georgians with the resources to proactively take control of their health and make educated choices,” said Dr. Rhonda Medows, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH). “By adding these tools, georgiahealthinfo.gov is quickly becoming the most comprehensive health information Web site available to the citizens of Georgia.”

The new long-term care section features the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ five-star quality rating system, facility inspection reports and extensive information on the average cost of care for nursing home, personal care home, hospice care and in-home health care. Consumers can also download checklists to evaluate over 3,600 facilities.

In addition to searching for hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, long-term care facilities and outpatient centers, consumers can also search a provider’s licensing and board certification on the expanded provider look-up, which includes 20,000 physicians. The Web site also features other helpful tools such as tips on choosing a doctor and how to file a complaint against a provider.

DCH launched georgiahealthinfo.gov in December 2008, and since then, the site has been visited more than 161,000 times. The following organizations have partnered with DCH to educate consumers about the availability of georgiahealthinfo.gov:

• Georgia Association for Primary Health Care
• Georgia State Medical Association
• Georgia Public Library Service
• Georgia Watch
• Medical Association of Georgia
• Right from the Start Medicaid

To view and learn more, visit Georgiahealthinfo.gov

CONTACT:
Joye Burton
404-656-7994