DECEMBER 21, 2017
[Georgia] House panel urges big changes to stop decline of rural health care (quotes MAG president)
Georgia Health News
An influential task force of Georgia House members has approved a set of bold proposals to bolster rural health care in the state. READ MORE
[Georgia Sen. Renee] Unterman expects omnibus opioid bill should be filed early in 2018 legislative session
Gwinnett Daily Post
A bill designed to address the opioid addiction crisis in Georgia may hit legislators desks early in the 2018 Legislative Session, state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, told the Daily Post. | READ MORE
Legislative committee recommends Georgia create a central database to research policy solutions, opioid crisis may be first test
Rome News-Tribune
A joint legislative committee studying ways to share data across state agencies wrapped up Monday with unanimous support for starting the process in January. | READ MORE
39th and 41st: More subpar health rankings for Georgia
Georgia Health News
Georgia remained at 41st in a national ranking of the healthiest states compiled by the United Health Foundation. | READ MORE
Medicare fails to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in lab overcharges
Kaiser Health News
Five years ago, Companion DX Reference Lab hoped to cash in on cutting-edge genetic tests paid for by Medicare. | READ MORE
[ACA] Exchange enrollment in state likely to fall short of previous total
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s ACA exchange enrollment for 2018 may fall far short of the current year’s totals, new federal figures show. | READ MORE
Opioid crisis forces physicians to focus on alternative pain treatments
Dr. Anne Marie McKenzie-Brown is familiar with pain. Pain of varying degrees, stages, perceptions, types and sources. | READ MORE
Are [Georgia’s] HIV laws unfair? Activists say it’s time for change
Georgia Health News
Nina Martinez moved to Georgia from Washington, D.C., in 2005. Just a few months after she settled into her new Atlanta home, she learned about Georgia’s criminal laws regarding people disclosing their HIV status to others. It personally changed things for her. | READ MORE
Northside Hospital Cherokee starts work on $43 million project
Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Northside Hospital Cherokee has begun construction on an additional two floors to its new hospital that opened in May. The $43 million project is expected to be completed by next November. | READ MORE
This drug was once free. Now it costs $109,500 a year.
For four decades, Don Anderson of Seattle has been taking the same drug to help control the temporary bouts of immobility and muscle weakness caused by a rare and frightening genetic illness called periodic paralysis. | READ MORE
A CDC ban on ‘fetus’ and ‘transgender?’ Experts alarmed
The Associated Press
Health leaders say they are alarmed about a report that officials at the nation’s top public health agency are being told not to use certain words or phrases in official budget documents, including “fetus,” ″transgender” and “science-based.” | READ MORE
[Dr. Michael] Zoller leads practice for 40 years (features MAG member)
Savannah Now
A lot has changed in the world of medicine since Dr. Michael Zoller founded Ear, Nose & Throat Associates of Savannah in 1977, but Dr. Zoller and the six other physicians on his team still do certain things by the book. | READ MORE
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