JUNE 25, 2020
Worrisome budget cuts ahead for [Georgia’s] health programs
Georgia Health News
As a result of the economic calamity created by COVID-19, the state budget is hurtling toward sizable spending reductions in vital areas – an average of 11 percent across state agencies, or $2.6 billion. But the worst time to cut such programs, experts say, is during a public health crisis. READ MORE
[Georgia] Legislature passes maternal mortality plan
The Atlanta Jornal-Constitution
Members of the Georgia House voted unanimously on Wednesday to send maternal mortality legislation to Gov. Brian Kemp’s desk. | READ MORE
For some with COVID-19, symptoms can linger for weeks, even months (quotes MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D.)
Medical Xpress
Still early in the pandemic, doctors are just beginning to learn what recovery from COVID-19 looks like. While some of the medical issues from the coronavirus resolve over time, others can linger and cause lasting damage, such as permanently decreased lung function. | READ MORE
High-deductible health plans are popular but costly to patients (quotes MAG CEO)
Employers looking to curb the cost of health care may be deploying more high-deductible health plans (HDHP), but the resulting price concerns may be doing more harm than good, and not just because of patients delaying care. | READ MORE
COVID-19 test demand strains supply in Chatham County
Savannah Now
Chatham [County] set records for the numbers tested at least two days last week, topping 1,000 one day. By Monday, test demand looked like it might outstrip supply in the county... | READ MORE
Jail, nursing home cases help drive COVID-19 spike in LaGrange
Georgia Health News
The latest Georgia hot spot for coronavirus is LaGrange, a city near the Alabama border that has seen major outbreaks in a jail and a nursing home, and significant community spread. | READ MORE
Nurses’ lawsuit claims ‘fabricated’ COVID-19 tests at Athens hospital
Georgia Health News
A group of nurses at a Georgia hospital have filed a lawsuit accusing their CEO of what they call a “COVID-19 coverup” involving the improper collection of test samples to reduce positive test results for the virus and downplay its spread. | READ MORE
Black doctors push for anti-bias training in medicine to combat health inequality
The coronavirus pandemic has caused disproportionate illness and death in the African American community. Blacks account for 22% of U.S. deaths from COVID-19, while making up 12.5% of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. | READ MORE
CDC director: U.S. has about 28,000 contact tracers, needs 100,000
The Hill
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield told Congress on Tuesday that the United States has about 28,000 contact tracers, falling short of the 100,000 that are needed to track the spread of coronavirus. | READ MORE
Prior authorization survey findings underscore need for legislative action
AMA Wire
Nearly a quarter of physicians (24%) say that the prior authorization (PA) process has led to a serious adverse event for a patient in their care, according to an AMA survey of 1,000 practicing physicians. | READ MORE
Court strikes down [President] Trump rule that drug-makers disclose price
Daily Journal Online
In a major legal setback for President Donald Trump on a high-profile consumer issue, a federal appeals court has ruled that his administration lacks the legal authority to force drug companies to disclose prices in their TV ads. | READ MORE
Army parachute team salutes health care workers, helps Wellstar mark emergency department opening
Marietta Daily Journal
Three soldiers fell from the sky over Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, trailing red smoke Wednesday morning as part of the Army’s salute to health care workers who continue to fight the ongoing pandemic. | READ MORE
Flu vaccine was disappointing vs. some strains last season
Associated Press
The flu vaccine did a disappointing job last winter in the U.S., and officials worry that might be a bad sign for the fall. | READ MORE
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