AUGUST 3, 2017
Rep. Betty Price [M.D. and MAG member] promotes National Immunization Awareness Month
Public Now
State Representative Betty Price (R-Roswell) is making constituents aware that August is designated as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). READ MORE
Health policy splits Georgia [gubernatorial] candidates after repeal’s fail
Gov. Nathan Deal and the state Legislature will likely have the first word on sweeping Medicaid changes the state could pursue after the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare failed. But the race to succeed the governor seems certain to spice up the debate. | READ MORE
Health care ideas, questions multiply at state and federal levels
Georgia Health News
The roller coaster of uncertainty over federal health care legislation may have halted, at least for now. | READ MORE
Number of actively licensed physicians increased 12% since 2010
Healthcare Dive
There were 953,695 actively licensed physicians at the end of 2016, which is a 12% increase since 2010, according to a new biennial census from the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). READ MORE
The company behind many surprise emergency room bills
The New York Times
Early last year, executives at a small hospital an hour north of Spokane, Wash., started using a company called EmCare to staff and run their emergency room. | READ MORE
Senate okays bills to address VA budget crisis, claims backlog
Associated Press
The Senate has approved a pair of bills taking aim at urgent problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs, clearing a $3.9 billion emergency spending package to fix a looming budget crisis and adopting new measures to pare down a rapidly growing backlog of veterans' disability claims. READ MORE
Sessions: U.S. prosecutors will help addiction-ravaged cities 
Associated Press
The Justice Department will dispatch 12 federal prosecutors to cities ravaged by addiction who will focus exclusively on investigating health care fraud and opioid scams that are fueling the nation's drug abuse epidemic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday. | READ MORE
Georgia family part of medical cannabis lawsuit
The Valdosta Daily Times
A Georgia father whose young son is treated with medical cannabis is part of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the federal government’s stance on marijuana. | READ MORE
‘Long engagement’: What’s delaying Northside-Gwinnett hospital merger?
Georgia Health News
Nearly two years ago, Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Medical Center announced plans for a compelling megamerger that would create a dominant health care system in Atlanta’s suburbs. | READ MORE
Phoebe adds enhancements to its heart program
Phoebe Putney cardiologists are helping more heart patients thanks to updates to the hospital's heart program, including a less invasive heart procedure and new scanning equipment. | READ MORE
Drug puts a $750,000 ‘price tag on life’
Kaiser Health News
Jana Gundy and Amanda Chaffin live within two hours of each other in Oklahoma. Each has a child with the same devastating disease, one that robs them of muscle strength, affecting their ability to sit, stand or even breathe. | READ MORE
Caregivers are too slow to reach for EpiPens, study finds
The New York Times
A severe, rapid allergic reaction calls for a dose of epinephrine as soon as possible. The medicine counteracts potentially dangerous symptoms, such as a plunge in blood pressure and closing of the airways. In extreme cases, it can mean the difference between life and death. | READ MORE
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