Carrie Teegardin

Carrie Teegardin is on the investigative team. She is a graduate of Duke University and has won numerous national journalism awards. RELATED: Doctors & Sex Abuse, an AJC National Investgation

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Georgia medical board easy on opioid violators
 Dr. Nevorn Askari started out as a pediatrician, not a drug dealer. But after getting busted for Medicaid fraud, this Emory University-trained doctor chose another path. She accepted a part-time job at a “pain clinic” operating out of a rundown Atlanta house. She saw 40 patients a day and most left happy, even though they waited...

Posted: 7 days ago

Dr. Nevorn Askari started out as a pediatrician, not a drug dealer. But after getting busted for Medicaid fraud, this Emory University-trained doctor chose another path. She accepted a part-time job at a “pain clinic” operating out of a rundown Atlanta house. She saw 40 patients a day and most left happy, even though they waited...
Doctors rethink pain treatment
 Dr. Don Teater didn’t start out declaring war on opioids. In fact, as a small town family doctor, he prescribed them. “I heard the message from the pharmaceutical industry and the government and others that we weren’t treating pain well enough, that we need to prescribe more opioids — and that it was very safe,&rdquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

Dr. Don Teater didn’t start out declaring war on opioids. In fact, as a small town family doctor, he prescribed them. “I heard the message from the pharmaceutical industry and the government and others that we weren’t treating pain well enough, that we need to prescribe more opioids — and that it was very safe,&rdquo...
Doctors and the opioid crisis: An AJC National Investigation
 After Dr. Hasan Babaturk was fired from a medical practice for his erratic behavior, he took his prescription pad and came up with a new business model. He met patients in parking lots, shopping malls and motels, where they paid him $250 to $350 in cash. Babaturk then gave them what they wanted: prescriptions for high doses of oxycodone....

Posted: 14 days ago

After Dr. Hasan Babaturk was fired from a medical practice for his erratic behavior, he took his prescription pad and came up with a new business model. He met patients in parking lots, shopping malls and motels, where they paid him $250 to $350 in cash. Babaturk then gave them what they wanted: prescriptions for high doses of oxycodone....
‘Part of my soul left with him’
 When Tane Shannon’s son got to high school, she let him know during frank conversations that cracking open a beer with friends might come with risks he couldn’t imagine. Mick Shannon wasn’t the kind of kid to chase trouble. He was a handsome, athletic boy growing up in Hall County. Smart and able to make friends easily,...

Posted: 14 days ago

When Tane Shannon’s son got to high school, she let him know during frank conversations that cracking open a beer with friends might come with risks he couldn’t imagine. Mick Shannon wasn’t the kind of kid to chase trouble. He was a handsome, athletic boy growing up in Hall County. Smart and able to make friends easily,...
Obamacare events across Georgia helping consumers sign up
 Georgians who want to sign up for Obamacare health plans can find one-on-one help as insurance “navigators” host events across Georgia at libraries, churches, nonprofit offices and even a soul food restaurant. The enrollment period for Obamacare health plans opened last week and consumers have until Dec. 15 to sign up for an Affordable...

6:00 PM Sunday, Nov. 05, 2017

Georgians who want to sign up for Obamacare health plans can find one-on-one help as insurance “navigators” host events across Georgia at libraries, churches, nonprofit offices and even a soul food restaurant. The enrollment period for Obamacare health plans opened last week and consumers have until Dec. 15 to sign up for an Affordable...
Got old opioids lying around? Get rid of them this way
 Bottles of half-empty prescription pain killers that are hanging out in your bathroom shelves or sock drawer need to go. “Unfortunately, our very own medicine cabinets can be a hotbed for the opioid epidemic,” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr
            said Monday at an Atlanta Walgreens. Drug Disposal boxes like...

2:22 PM Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

Bottles of half-empty prescription pain killers that are hanging out in your bathroom shelves or sock drawer need to go. “Unfortunately, our very own medicine cabinets can be a hotbed for the opioid epidemic,” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said Monday at an Atlanta Walgreens. Drug Disposal boxes like...
Georgia high court upholds law governing health care facilities
 In a win for politically powerful hospital interests, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the state’s “certificate of need” law in an opinion issued Monday that said a surgical center could not expand without state approval. Two doctors who own the Georgia Advanced Surgery Center for Women in Cartersville had challenged the...

10:49 PM Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

In a win for politically powerful hospital interests, the Georgia Supreme Court upheld the state’s “certificate of need” law in an opinion issued Monday that said a surgical center could not expand without state approval. Two doctors who own the Georgia Advanced Surgery Center for Women in Cartersville had challenged the...
Georgia certificate of need law upheld by Supreme Court
 The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the state’s “Certificate of Need” law in an opinion issued Monday that said a surgical center
            could not expand without state approval. Two doctors who own The Georgia Advanced Surgery Center for Women in Cartersville had challenged the state law that governs
            health...

3:40 PM Monday, Oct. 16, 2017

The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the state’s “Certificate of Need” law in an opinion issued Monday that said a surgical center could not expand without state approval. Two doctors who own The Georgia Advanced Surgery Center for Women in Cartersville had challenged the state law that governs health...
Northside Hospital to testify, face questions from Congress on its use of drug discounts
 A Northside Hospital executive will testify before a congressional subcommittee next week about the Atlanta hospital’s use
            of a lucrative drug discount program. The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee 
            announced on Wednesday that Shannon A. Banna, Northside’s director of finance and system controller...

1:22 PM Thursday, Oct. 05, 2017

A Northside Hospital executive will testify before a congressional subcommittee next week about the Atlanta hospital’s use of a lucrative drug discount program. The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee announced on Wednesday that Shannon A. Banna, Northside’s director of finance and system controller...
Former CEO of Atlanta Medical Center added to federal kickback case
 Another former Tenet Healthcare executive has been criminally charged in a federal healthcare fraud case that now accuses
            two former CEOs of Atlanta area hospitals of paying kickbacks and bribes in exchange for patient referrals. William Moore was the CEO of Atlanta Medical Center William Moore, the CEO of Atlanta Medical Center...

9:24 PM Friday, Sep. 29, 2017

Another former Tenet Healthcare executive has been criminally charged in a federal healthcare fraud case that now accuses two former CEOs of Atlanta area hospitals of paying kickbacks and bribes in exchange for patient referrals. William Moore was the CEO of Atlanta Medical Center William Moore, the CEO of Atlanta Medical Center...
Are insurers stalling on Irma claims?
 Insurance regulators should publish running tallies on claims related to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey so that consumers
            can determine if their insurer is doing its job, a leading consumer advocate says. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this weekend that many victims of the recent storms may face difficulty getting...

12:07 AM Monday, Sep. 18, 2017

Insurance regulators should publish running tallies on claims related to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey so that consumers can determine if their insurer is doing its job, a leading consumer advocate says. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported this weekend that many victims of the recent storms may face difficulty getting...