JULY 20, 2017
State insurance chief Hudgens won’t run for re-election in 2018
Georgia Health News
State Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens said Monday that he will not seek re-election next year. Hudgens, who is 74 and in his second term, said in a statement that he made the decision “after much thought, prayer, and discussion with my family.” | READ MORE
CBO: 32 million more would be uninsured under proposed health law repeal
McClatchy
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Republican bill erasing but not replacing much of President Barack Obama’s health care law would mean an additional 32 million uninsured people by 2026. | READ MORE
Compare proposals to replace the Affordable Care Act
Kaiser Health News
President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have committed to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How do their replacement proposals compare to the ACA? How do they compare to each other? | READ MORE
Q&A: As health-care debate rages, consumers ask, ‘What about me?’ 
Seattle Times
An explanation of what health-care debate in Congress means for consumers who count on individual marketplace health insurance for themselves and their loved ones. | READ MORE
The U.S. should rethink its entire approach to painkillers and the people addicted to them, panel urges
Los Angeles Times
To reverse a still-spiraling American crisis fueled by prescription narcotic drugs, a panel of experts advising the federal government has recommended sweeping changes in the ways that physicians treat pain, their patients cope with pain, and government and private insurers support the care of people living with chronic pain. | READ MORE
DOJ announces charges against 400 people for $1.3 billion in health care fraud
The Washington Post
More than 400 people across the country have been charged with participating in health care fraud scams totaling about $1.3 billion in false billings, including for the prescription and distribution of opioids. | READ MORE
Hogansville Police Department adds drug collection unit (features MAG Foundation)
LaGrange Daily News
The Hogansville Police Department is hoping its new drug collection unit will help people safely get rid of any excess prescription drugs. The new unit is a collaborative effort from Walmart, the Medical Association of Georgia Foundation, and Troup County Prevention Coalition. | READ MORE
Patient medication errors doubled over 13 years
MedPage Today
The frequency of serious medication errors by patients or their caregivers outside of a healthcare setting more than doubled from 2000 to 2012, according to a study in Clinical Toxicology. | READ MORE
PET scans show many Alzheimer’s patients may not actually have the disease
The Washington Post
A significant portion of people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia who are taking medication for Alzheimer’s may not actually have the disease, according to interim results of a major study underway to see how PET scans could change the nature of Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment. | READ MORE
Mental health coverage cuts result in extra costs
Reuters
An effort by the Netherlands to save money on mental health care by raising patient co-pays produced $15 million in short-term savings but ended up adding $29 million to the costs of treating bipolar and psychotic disorders, researchers say. | READ MORE
‘We’re losing more people to the sweets than to the streets’: Why two black pastors are suing Coca-Cola
The Washington Post
William Lamar, the senior pastor at D.C.’s historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, is tired of presiding over funerals for parishioners who died of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. | READ MORE
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