The Department may not reduce skilled nursing hours when it jeopardizes the child’s health.

Topic: Health Law, Decided by Judge Schroer 
Docket Number: ******* , Decision Date: 2013-11-25 
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Reducing a child’s skilled nursing hours did not meet the state’s obligation to provide early and periodic screening, diagnostic, and treatment (EPSDT) through the Georgia Pediatric Program (GAPP), because the child’s condition was extremely fragile and there was a high risk of rapid deterioration and caregiver fatigue.