FEBRUARY 6, 2020
Could federal Medicaid idea reshape Georgia waiver?
Georgia Health News
A new federal initiative on Medicaid could wind up altering Georgia’s waiver proposal on extending coverage to low-income adults. READ MORE
Georgia’s coronavirus guidance to schools: No need for drastic measures
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
[China] has responded to the global health emergency by locking down a city of millions, but with no known cases in Georgia, health officials here are advocating moderate measures...they sent an advisory to schools Thursday that said students shouldn’t be forced to miss class time just because they or a member of their family had traveled there. | READ MORE
Bill chips away at surprise medical billing in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgians continue to receive surprise medical bills  where properly insured patients go to a hospital or other health care provider, then still wind up with a big bill from someone involved in their care. State leaders say they hope to fix that. | READ MORE
[Georgia] Transparency legislation seeks to boost patients’ buying power
Georgia Health News
Consumers often have no idea about what they will pay for a medical procedure – or about the quality of care they can expect to receive. But under a bill discussed Monday in state Senate committee hearing, more Georgia patients with insurance could get access to such information. | READ MORE
Controversy over Georgia mental health budget as needs grow
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Much of state government is facing cuts. But Behavioral Health – Georgia’s agency for people with mental illness, disabilities such as Down syndrome and autism, and addiction problems – has vaulted to prominence as legislative hearings detailed the possible impact on some of the state’s most vulnerable people. | READ MORE
Committee backs Georgia bill targeting e-cigarette sales to minors
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A bill that would crack down on e-cigarette use in minors passed in committee on Tuesday. Senate Bill 298, proposed by state Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, is designed to reduce e-cigarette and tobacco use among minors. | READ MORE
Georgia set to get fewer transplant livers as new system takes effect
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The federal government on Tuesday changed its system for distributing livers to transplant patients, likely meaning fewer livers and lower quality livers for patients in Georgia and some Midwestern states. | READ MORE
New Medicare penalties for infections, patient injuries hit 26 Georgia hospitals
Georgia Health News
Medicare is penalizing 26 Georgia hospitals for high rates of infections and other patient injuries. They are among the 786 hospitals identified by federal health officials that will get lower payments under the patient safety program, created by the Affordable Care Act. | READ MORE
It saves lives vs. it kills: Georgia’s debate around access to vaping
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
David Higginbotham says vaping may have saved his life, but Amy Sedgwick says it nearly ended her teenage son’s. The two Atlantans represent the national debate swirling around the nicotine-delivery devices, which have surged in popularity, even among high school and middle school students. | READ MORE
UGA College Republicans host U.S. Congressional candidate [MAG member Rich McCormick, M.D.]
Red and Black
Rich McCormick, M.D., a Republican candidate for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, spoke to the College Republicans at the University of Georgia on January 29. A former Marine and an emergency medicine physician, Dr. McCormick said these backgrounds make him different from his fellow Republicans. | READ MORE
New CEO named at Piedmont Henry
Georgia Health News
Lily Henson, M.D., has been named CEO at Piedmont Henry Hospital. Henson is coming from Seattle, where she has been medical director of general neurology at Swedish Neuroscience Institute. | READ MORE
FDA approves first treatment for kids with peanut allergy
Associated Press
The first treatment for peanut allergies is about to hit the market, a big step toward better care for all kinds of food allergies – but still a long way from a cure. | READ MORE
M.D. student recognized by the Medical Association of Georgia for research on alcohol use disorder (features MAG member)
Mercer University News
Mercer University School of Medicine second-year M.D. student Rema Elmostafa was recently recognized by the Medical Association of Georgia for research related to improving diagnosis and treatment referral of alcohol use disorder (AUD) in a multicultural health setting. | READ MORE
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