DECEMBER 5, 2019
[MAG Government Relations Director Derek] Norton will succeed Bacon for Smyrna mayoralty
Marietta Daily Journal
The citizens of Smyrna have chosen Derek Norton to lead the city as its next mayor. READ MORE
Fighting the doctor shortage in rural Georgia (features MAG member Scott Bohlke, M.D.)
Georgia Health News
A recently released state report shows some gains in the number of such primary care physicians in the state. But major doctor shortages still exist in rural Georgia, according to the report from Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce. | READ MORE
Georgia House health chair: Extend Medicaid coverage for new moms
Georgia Recorder
The head of a legislative group looking at maternal health care in Georgia says she wants the state to extend Medicaid coverage for women after they have given birth, when they are most vulnerable. | READ MORE
Georgia and the South feeling brunt of the flu
Georgia Health News
Flu activity is high in seven Southern states, including Georgia, according to the CDC. The state’s Department of Public Health reported that 5.31 percent of Georgia outpatient visits were reported as influenza-like illnesses during the week ending Nov. 23. That percentage has steadily climbed since the flu season began. | READ MORE
Stability on Georgia [ACA] market yields more sign-ups for 2020
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The pace of Obamacare enrollment this year is up 9% so far in Georgia, a turnaround from declines since the beginning of the Trump administration. Nationwide, the pace of enrollment is up 2%. | READ MORE
3 things to tell your patients about signing up at HealthCare.gov
AMA Wire
Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplaces is down about 13% from last year – raising the potential for more people to be uninsured in 2020. But physicians have an opportunity to help spread the word and ensure that patients and their families have the health coverage they need in the new year. | READ MORE
Northeast Georgia patients caught in crossfire of insurance dispute with hospital
WGAU Radio
A lot of people in northeast Georgia are scrambling to find new doctors and hospitals in a dispute over insurance issues. | READ MORE
New government program provides HIV prevention drugs for uninsured
CNN
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the launch of a national program Tuesday to provide free HIV-prevention drugs to uninsured Americans at risk of HIV. | READ MORE
Too many children [in Georgia] live too far from sickle cell treatment they need
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
According to the latest Sickle Cell Data Collection program brief, many children with sickle cell disease and their families not only face long drives to health care providers, they have limited access to doctors who can provide the specialized treatment they need. | READ MORE
[MAG member] Spurgeon William Clark III, M.D.: Like father, like son
AMA Wire
The AMA “Members Move Medicine” series profiles a wide variety of doctors, offering a glimpse into the passions of women and men navigating new courses in American medicine. This article features Spurgeon William Clark III, M.D. | READ MORE
Should you expect a signing bonus in your first job after residency?
AMA Wire
As a resident or fellow pursuing a post-training career opportunity, compensation packages are going to be a key factor – perhaps, even, the key factor – in determining where one begins working as a practicing physician. A signing or commencement bonus is likely to be part of that package. | READ MORE
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