APRIL 6, 2017

Anthem pullout talk puts a cloud over exchanges [in Georgia]
Georgia Health News
Is Georgia’s health insurance exchange heading for another big insurer pullout? A research report last week indicated that the parent company of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia may be moving toward withdrawing from a large percentage of exchange markets nationally.
CareSource to serve Georgia Medicaid consumers effective July 2017
Market Wired

CareSource, a leading nonprofit health plan, will begin serving Georgia Medicaid consumers effective July 2017.
Distracted driving: Urging companies to crack down

In 2004, David Teater of Spring Lake, Michigan, lost his 12-year-old son, the youngest of three boys, to a distracted driver. Afterward, he knew there were a few different ways he could get involved to raise awareness about this deadly problem.
Project DAN – giving first responders a powerful tool in saving lives from opioid overdose (features MAG Foundation director)
MAG Foundation Director Fred Jones is interviewed about 'Project DAN,'a program designed to reduce drug overdoses.
Study finds decline in medical malpractice claims
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital found paid medical malpractice claims for physicians in the United States declined during the past two decades.
Here's how much money doctors actually make
Business Insider
Not all doctors take home the same amount of money. Orthopedists — doctors who treat bone and muscle problems — make the most on average. Pediatricians, or those who take care of children, earn the least. And white doctors take home significantly more than their equally qualified peers of color, regardless of specialty.
[Augusta] hospital sold to county hospital authority
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Quorum Health Corp. (NYSE: QHC) will sell Trinity Hospital of Augusta and its assets to the Richmond County Hospital Authority.
Columbus hopes to become first city to screen all seniors for Alzheimer’s
Ledger Inquirer

Dr. Jonathan Liss, founder of the Columbus Memory Center, has launched a bold project that could make Columbus a world leader in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.
U.S. lags on adoption of telehealth, according to survey of physicians
Healthcare Informatics

Only 4 percent of U.S.-based physicians think that their state has done “very well” implementing telehealth technologies and only 15 percent responded “well” when evaluating their state’s efforts to implement telehealth, according to a survey by Sermo.
EpiPen voluntary recall expanded to U.S.
The Wall Street Journal
Several lots of EpiPen, a leading emergency allergy treatment, are being recalled over a potential defect after two reports of the device failing to activate.
Colorectal cancer on the rise for millennials, Gen-Xers
Palm Beach Post
It’s been 17 years since then-Today host Katie Couric famously underwent a videotaped colonscopy to raise awareness about the life-saving importance of early detection of colorectal cancer.
Birth defects reported from Zika in U.S.
CBS News
One in 10 pregnant U.S. women with confirmed Zika infection in 2016 had a baby with virus-related birth defects, federal health officials reported Tuesday.
From dropout to prominent surgeon (features late MAG member)
The Newnan Times-Herald

Before he became a surgeon, F. Donald Bass was a high school dropout who delivered groceries to some of the people who were later his patients. Bass died March 26, following a fall the previous week.
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