MAY 11, 2017
[Georgia] State control would increase if GOP health plan becomes law
Georgia Health News
Georgia and other states would have more control over health care – its rules, spending and benefits – under the bill that passed the U.S. House on Thursday.
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Aetna to completely pull out of ObamaCare exchanges by 2018
FOXBusiness
Health insurance company Aetna (AET) announced Wednesday it will completely withdraw from the ObamaCare marketplace in 2018, a decision Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price perceived as a sign of continued instability in the health care sector under the Affordable Care Act
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Obamacare premiums rise as insurers fret over law’s shaky future
Bloomberg
Health insurers are asking for sharp increases in the cost of their Obamacare plans next year, thanks to instability in the law’s coverage markets that’s been compounded by the Trump administration
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In rare unity, hospitals, doctors and insurers criticize health bill
The New York Times
It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few exceptions, are speaking with one voice and urging significant changes to the Republican health care legislation that passed the House on Thursday
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Pre-existing conditions and the health plan: Who’s covered?
Associated Press
The Republican push to replace the Affordable Care Act was revived this week in Congress by a small change to their plan designed to combat concerns over coverage for those with pre-existing health problems. 
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West Georgia congressmen on opposing sides of health care bill
West Georgia Neighbor
Congressmen representing Douglas and Paulding counties were on opposing sides of the health care bill the U.S. House approved last week
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Regional extension centers help providers prep for MACRA
Health Data Management
Some regional extension centers that helped providers make the switch to electronic health records are taking on new duties to support provider organizations.
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Big partnership talks: Piedmont may link up with Columbus Regional
Georgia Health News
Piedmont Healthcare, fresh off adding an Athens hospital, is turning south in seeking a partner in Georgia’s second-largest city.
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Georgia losing patience with drug treatment tourists
Associated Press
In the northwest corner of Georgia, where cows and crops vastly outnumber people, a small cluster of privately owned treatment centers has sprung up in recent years for heroin and prescription painkiller addicts. And most of the patients aren’t even from the state.
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Addiction now defined as brain disorder, not behavior issue
NBC News
Addiction is a chronic brain disorder and not simply a behavior problem involving alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex, experts contend in a new definition of addiction, one that is not solely related to problematic substance abuse
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Overcoming opioids: When pills are a hospital’s last resort
Associated Press
The nation’s opioid crisis is forcing hospitals to begin rolling out non-addictive alternatives to treatments that have long been the mainstay for the severe pain of trauma and surgery, so they don’t save patients’ lives or limbs only to have them fall under the grip of addiction.
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Study: Side effects emerge after approval for many U.S. drugs
Associated Press
Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found.
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