MAY 24, 2018
Huge hospital merger still unfinished after state’s OK
Georgia Health News
Six months after getting state approval, the mega-merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System remains unfinished business.
Beck, Laws to face off for Georgia insurance chief
Georgia Health News
Insurance agency owner Janice Laws beat consumer advocate Cindy Zeldin on Tuesday to win the Democratic nomination for Georgia insurance commissioner. Laws will face Republican Jim Beck, former general manager of the Georgia Underwriting Association, in the November election.
Opioid video from Douglas County earns first place, [Georgia] AG visit (mentions MAG 'Think About It' initiative)
Douglasville Patch
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr visited the Douglas County College and Career Institute to present the winners of the "We're Not Gonna Take It" video contest. The video contest is aimed at preventing prescription drug abuse among teens and young adults.
Another nursing home resident eaten alive by scabies
11 Alive
State Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) wants the state health departments to change the way it responds to scabies infestations, following the death of a nursing home resident eaten alive by the parasitic mites, uncovered by the 11Alive Investigators.
‘Dashboard’ spells out the health of 500 cities — including several in Georgia
Georgia Health News
A newly released “City Health Dashboard’’ tracks 36 measures affecting health for the 500 largest U.S. cities – those with populations of about 66,000 or more.
Medical school enrollment up, concern for residency slots high
Enrollment in US medical schools continues to grow, but medical school deans worry about enrollment growth outpacing available residency slots, according the latest data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Second bundle of opioid bills passes House committee
Medpage Today
Thirty-two bills aimed at targeting the opioid epidemic advanced through a House committee on Thursday after an 8-hour markup session.
Drugmakers blamed for blocking generics have jacked up prices and cost U.S. billions
Kaiser Health News
Makers of brand-name drugs called out by the Trump administration for potentially stalling generic competition have hiked their prices by double-digit percentages since 2012 and cost Medicare and Medicaid nearly $12 billion in 2016, a Kaiser Health News analysis has found.
Four big blunders young adults make with their health insurance
Here's another worry on the minds of new college graduates and other young adults: What's going to happen to your health insurance now that you're on your own?
Deadly delivery: Opioids by mail
The nation’s opioid epidemic has been attributed to many factors, including the over-prescription of painkillers and the availability of cheap synthetic opioids like fentanyl.
New medical school breaks ground
Georgia Trend
More health care is coming to South Georgia following the groundbreaking last month in Moultrie of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).
Doctor who made music videos in operating room facing several malpractice lawsuits
Dr. Windell Davis-Boutte’s website calls her “Atlanta’s most experienced cosmetic surgeon,” but a Channel 2 Action News, Atlanta Journal-Constitution consumer investigation discovered she’s had plenty of experience dealing with malpractice cases.
IRS and Treasury plan crackdown on SALT deduction workarounds
Accounting Today
The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department said Wednesday they intend to issue proposed regulations to address the question of deductibility of state and local tax payments, as states begin to provide ways to expand the limits on the state and local tax deduction imposed by the new tax law.
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