FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Judges rule in doctors’ favor in Florida ‘Docs vs. Glocks’ case (features MAG CEO)
The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which covers districts in Florida, Georgia and Alabama, ruled Thursday against a Florida law banning doctors from asking patients about guns. | READ MORE
Piedmont to run clinics at 27 Atlanta area Walgreens locations 
Georgia Health News
Piedmont Healthcare will operate 27 retail health clinics in Walgreens stores across the Atlanta area. | READ MORE
After tweak in payment formula, [Georgia] Senate committee okays remedy for ‘surprise’ billing
Georgia Health News
A Georgia Senate panel Thursday passed legislation to halt ‘’surprise’’ medical billing – but not without a last-minute amendment that changed the contentious payment formula. | READ MORE
[Georgia] House health panel approves needle exchange bill
Georgia Health News

A bill that would help facilitate needle exchange programs in Georgia took its first step toward passage Tuesday. | READ MORE
Gov. Deal recognizes hospital’s Level I trauma center verification — only one in state
The Telegraph
The Medical Center is the only Level I trauma center in the state, and the only one of 17 hospitals in the Southeast, to achieve this national recognition. Of 185 hospitals in Georgia, 30 are trauma centers, according to the hospital. | READ MORE
House GOP leaders will elaborate on their Obamacare plans
The Washington Post
House Republican leaders plan to unveil on Thursday elements of their plan to repeal and largely replace portions of the Affordable Care Act. | READ MORE
Protesters in Atlanta urge preservation of ACA
Georgia Health News
The rally was part of the Save My Care Bus Tour, a two-month, cross-country effort to oppose repeal efforts. The tour is being led by the Alliance for Healthcare Security, a coalition of groups including Doctors for America and the Service Employees International Union, according to the Washington Post. | READ MORE
Prescription drug monitoring cuts doctor shopping for painkillers
State programs that require physicians to check drug registries before writing prescriptions appeared to slash the odds of doctor-shopping for opioid pain relievers, a new study found. | READ MORE
New process will make it easier for physicians to practice in multiple states
AAP News
A streamlined process soon will be available for pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists who want to practice medicine across state lines. | READ MORE
New center on rural health at AU has helped create a new affiliation with one rural hospital
The Augusta Chronicle

A new center on rural health at AU Medical Center has already helped create an affiliation with one rural hospital and is trying to expand the services it can provide through telemedicine to Georgia’s struggling rural providers. | READ MORE
Testosterone gel shows no benefit for older men's memories
Associated Press
Testosterone treatment did not improve older men's memory or mental function in the latest results from landmark government research that challenges the anti-aging claims of popular supplements. | READ MORE
Study: Doctors who are jerks are bad for patients, hospitals
Times Free Press
While a Dr. Jerk may make for fascinating television, it doesn't make for good patient care, and can be a magnet for medical malpractice lawsuits, according to a new study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. | READ MORE
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