MAY 18, 2017
Republican physician (and MAG member) Kay Kirkpatrick takes District 32 seat in state Senate 
Marietta Daily Journal
After a long campaign, Georgia’s District 32 has elected a new state senator. Physician Kay Kirkpatrick, a Republican, defeated her Democratic competition, attorney Christine Triebsch in Tuesday’s runoff election. | READ MORE
Police, clergy, medical leaders team up to tackle opioid crisis in Hall (features MAG Foundation’s ‘Project DAN’)
Gainesville Times
The day Dallas Gay’s grandson died of an overdose, no one in the house had the antidote that could have saved his life. People at the scene were afraid to call law enforcement, and the police who showed up didn’t have the antidote anyway. | READ MORE
Commentary: [Gov.] Deal’s veto of opioid prescription bill was a wise step
Georgia Health News
Last week, Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed Senate Bill 125, which would have authorized physicians in Georgia to delegate to physician assistants the authority to prescribe hydrocodone compound products. | READ MORE
Progress reducing U.S. uninsured rate comes to a halt
The New York Times
Five years of progress reducing the number of Americans without health insurance has come to a halt, according to a government report out Tuesday. More than a factoid, it shows the stakes in the Republican drive to roll back the Affordable Care Act. | READ MORE
More price hikes likely for government insurance markets
Associated Press
Early moves by insurers suggest that another round of price hikes and limited choices will greet insurance shoppers around the country when they start searching for next year's coverage on the public markets established by the Affordable Care Act. | READ MORE
CMS gives states until 2022 to meet Medicaid standards of care
Kaiser Health News
The Trump administration has given states three extra years to carry out plans for helping elderly and disabled people receive Medicaid services without being forced to go into nursing homes. | READ MORE
Fulton County’s health department now aligned with state’s
Fulton County’s new health center is more than a building. It’s “kind of a metaphor for positive change,” said Kathleen Toomey, the district health director for the Fulton Board of Health. | READ MORE
Emory gets $10 million for AIDS research
Atlanta Business Chronicle
The National Institutes of Health gave The Center for AIDS Research at Emory University (CFAR) a five-year, $10 million award to continue its work decreasing incidences of AIDS and improving the lives of individuals living with the disease. | READ MORE
[Bibb County Medical Society] presents awards
The Telegraph
The Bibb County Medical Society has named the recipients of its 2016 awards. | READ MORE
A little-known star of hospital safety in [Calhoun] 
Georgia Health News
The safest hospital for patients in Georgia, according to a well-recognized measure, probably isn’t the first one most people would guess — assuming they’ve even heard of it. | READ MORE
Helping former nurses re-enter the profession [in Georgia]
Georgia Health News
Pickens County High School is a sprawling campus on the outskirts of Jasper, the largest town in the county. It’s located east of I-75, roughly halfway between Atlanta and Chattanooga. | READ MORE
Hospital files $150K lien on insurance payouts for Good Samaritan who lost legs
USA Today
Three days after a Good Samaritan's legs were severed in an automobile accident, the hospital that treated her filed a lien for more than $60,000 against her. | READ MORE
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