JANUARY 19, 2017
Nominee [Rep.] Tom Price is the doctor HHS needs (MAG reference)
The Hill

As a physician and former member of the House of Representatives from 2003 to 2014, I am very pleased with President-elect Donald Trump's selection of my friend, fellow Georgian and former colleague Dr. Tom Price to serve as his secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). | READ MORE
Who is [Rep.] Tom Price? (MAG reference)
Rep. Tom Price, Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, is a wealthy orthopedic surgeon who became politically energized more than two decades ago by the fight against an earlier Democratic health reform proposal called “Hillarycare.” | READ MORE
[ACA] repeal could cost 18 million their insurance, study finds
The New York Times
Eighteen million people could lose their insurance within a year and individual insurance premiums would shoot upward if Congress repealed major provisions of the Affordable Care Act while leaving other parts in place, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday. | READ MORE
ACA repeal would be costly to CDC, public health, says report
Georgia Health News
The CDC would lose $890 million of funding annually if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, a new report says. That’s 12 percent of the Atlanta-based agency’s budget. | READ MORE
Providers who obstruct audits face exclusion from Medicare, Medicaid under final rule
Health care providers who interfere with audits risk being barred from the Medicare and Medicaid programs, under a final rule issued Wednesday by the Department of Health and Human Services. | READ MORE
Georgia has too few nurses, and the problem could get much worse
Georgia Health News
Merry Fort, an RN who lives in Macon, has seen nursing shortages before. But, she says, “I’ve never seen it like this.” A shortage of nurses is gripping Georgia, and all hospitals are looking for RNs, she says. | READ MORE
Cigna drops EpiPen for generic
Is Mylan getting a taste of its own medicine? Health insurance giant Cigna announced this week it's dropping coverage for name brand $600 EpiPens, just as drugstore chain CVS nearly halved the price of a rival epinephrine autoinjector, Adrenaclick, to $109. 
Regional HIN connecting hospitals in Augusta and Savannah with providers across state is having interesting effects
The Augusta Chronicle

A regional health information network that links hospitals in Augusta and Savannah with providers locally and across the state is having some interesting effects, such as reducing needless scans and catching life-threatening illnesses in the Savannah jail. | READ MORE
Rural Americans are more likely to die from the top 5 causes of death
The Washington Post
Rural Americans are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer and the three other leading causes of death than their urban counterparts, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. | READ MORE
Being rude to your doctors makes them mess up
Doctors don’t just “get over” rude treatment from patients, research suggests. In simulations with an angry parent, the performance of pediatricians suffered dramatically. | READ MORE
[Piedmont Newnan Hospital] ranks high in state, U.S.
The Newnan Times-Herald
Piedmont Newnan Hospital was recently honored in the category of infection prevention and control, as part of the annual Partnership for Health and Accountability Quality and Patient Safety Award Program. The Coweta County nonprofit hospital was chosen from more than 100 health facilities across the state. | READ MORE
Detecting Parkinson's Disease through ‘Breath Fingerprints’ (features Emory team)
Foxfeed Blog
File under "science fiction becomes science": Research is now capable of detecting 17 diseases, including Parkinson's, from a single breath sample, according to this Science Alert article by Josh Hrala. | READ MORE
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