JULY 30, 2020
Letting APRNs order diagnostic imaging could worsen overuse (features MAG)
AMA Wire
The Medical Association of Georgia and the AMA are urging Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp to veto a state Senate bill that would allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to order CT scans, MRIs and other advanced diagnostic imaging because the move is likely to “increase health care costs and threatens the health and safety of patients in Georgia.” | READ MORE
FDA authorizes new quest diagnostics lab method designed to increase COVID-19 molecular diagnostics capacity
Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization (EUA) for a new laboratory technique that speeds the process of extracting viral RNA from specimens and will enable the company to expand its daily capacity of COVID-19 molecular diagnostic tests on behalf of patients in the United States. READ MORE
Savannah kicks off world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Savannah was the site of the very first patient to receive an experimental COVID-19 vaccine Monday, as about 30,000 Americans began rolling up their sleeves to receive shots created by the U.S. government as part of the all-out global race to stop the outbreak. | READ MORE
[Georgia] Restaurants grapple with COVID among workers; concerns rise over PPE, supplies
Georgia Health News
Dozens of metro Atlanta restaurants have temporarily closed in recent months after employees tested positive for the coronavirus. | READ MORE
[Sen.] Jack Hill a tough act to follow (features MAG COL Chair W. Scott Bohlke, M.D.)
Statesboro Herald
During Tuesday evening’s livestreamed forum, Dr. Scott Bohlke, physician, and Billy Hickman, CPA, contenders in the August 11 runoff for the District 4 seat in Georgia’s State Senate, completely agreed on one thing: they cannot replace the late Sen. Jack Hill. | READ MORE
[Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center] plans October closure; COVID was the last straw
Georgia Health News
The financial blow from COVID-19 has helped force the closure of a rural hospital in Georgia. Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center was facing financial challenges even before the pandemic struck, and Randolph County, where it is located, has among the highest per-capita infection rates in the state. | READ MORE
FDA requiring labeling changes for opioid pain medicines, opioid use disorder medicines regarding naloxone
FDA Press Release
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is requiring that labeling for opioid pain medicine and medicine to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) be updated to recommend that as a routine part of prescribing these medicines, health care professionals should discuss the availability of naloxone with patients and caregivers, both when beginning and renewing treatment. | READ MORE
Pandemic taking a toll on mental health of hospital workers
Associated Press
The mental health toll on health care workers is intensifying as the pandemic stretches on, with U.S. deaths totaling 140,000 people and Louisiana particularly hard-hit at 3,558 deaths. | READ MORE
[Augusta University/UGA] Medical partnership increases student enrollment
UGA Today
The Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership located in Athens is helping to address Georgia’s critical shortage of physicians by expanding its class size. | READ MORE
How Kaiser Permanente fights inequity in the face of COVID-19
AMA Wire
Long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put members of racially and ethnically minoritized and marginalized communities at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. With the disproportionate impact the pandemic has on Black, Latinx and other underserved communities, Kaiser Permanente – an AMA Health System Program Partner – sends a clear message that the health program stands with those fighting for equity and justice. | READ MORE
New HHS report makes the case for continued telehealth coverage
Federal efforts to expand Medicare’s telehealth coverage during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic “played a critical role in helping to maintain access to primary care services,” says a new report from the Health and Human Services Department. | READ MORE
New bill seeks to boost participation in advanced payment models, ACOs via several reforms
Fierce Healthcare
New bipartisan legislation aims to create more accountable care organizations by boosting the percentage of shared savings for new entrants and making a series of other reforms. | READ MORE
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