CEU opportunity, possible new health system

Tuesday, February 24, 2015: Attorney Danielle Cefalu Humphrey discusses “Choosing a Surrogate Healthcare Decision-Maker: An Ethical Discussion” at Cameron Hall of Canton; free dinner for participants; CEUs available.

Healthcare professionals recognize that selecting a surrogate decision-maker is an important process for all adults. Most social workers encourage their patients to complete an advance directive for healthcare. During the presentation Hurley Elder Care Law will present information identifying the different documents that are often used to appoint a healthcare agent such as a living will, durable power of attorney for healthcare and the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare. The presenters will review the responsibilities of a healthcare agent and discuss factors to consider when selecting a healthcare agent. The discussion will feature a review of ethical dilemmas that healthcare agents face and examine guidelines for making decisions on behalf of someone else. Through a series of case studies, the presenters will discuss how likely the healthcare agent makes decisions that match the wishes of the person they represent. This event, hosted by Hurley Elder Care Law and Cameron Hall of Canton, is open to social workers, case managers and registered nurses. Registration, cocktails and dinner are from 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm; CEU is from 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Location: Cameron Hall Assisted Living Center, 240 Marietta Highway, Canton, GA 30114. CEUs available: One ethic or core hour for social workers (NASW-GA); one contact hour for case managers (CCMC) and one clock hour for registered nurses (TNA). Please register at: http://cameronhallcantonceu.eventbrite.com

Emory, Wellstar may join to create new health system

Two of Georgia’s largest health care networks may combine to create a new system to serve metro Atlanta and beyond.

Emory University and WellStar Health System are in talks about a potential merged system, they announced this morning. The new system would take about a year to create, the announcement said.

“Our shared vision is to design one of the best health systems in the nation to serve local communities, the state of Georgia, and beyond,” said Reynold J. Jennings, CEO of WellStar Health System. “The new system will be one of the most innovative and transformational healthcare systems in the industry.”

By combining, the goal is to create a healthcare environment that would offer the best of community-based care and the best of academic medicine, the announcement said.

WellStar Health System said it is Georgia’s largest not-for-profit health system. WellStar includes WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center; WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Paulding and Windy Hill hospitals; WellStar Medical Group, Urgent Care Centers, Health Parks, Pediatric Center; Health Place; Homecare; Hospice; Atherton Place; Paulding Nursing and Rehabilitation Center; and the WellStar Foundation.

Emory University encompasses nine academic divisions as well as Emory Healthcare, Georgia’s largest and most comprehensive health care system and the only one with Georgia with two hospitals that have earned Magnet Designation, signifying nursing excellence.

Formal discussions over the proposal will continue over the next 45 days.

The U.S. has been seeing a surge of hospital consolidations in recent years, as hospitals combine with other hospitals and with clinics and other facilities. In 2013, hospitals and health systems announced 98 new combinations, a 51 percent increase from 2010, according to an analysis by Kaufman Hall, a management consultant firm.

As more hospitals have merged, the Federal Trade Commisson has stepped up reviews to make sure that markets remain competitive. The agency challenged a proposed merger of rival hospitals in Albany, Georgia, contending it would raise prices for hospital services.