AUGUST 22, 2019
ABIM to launch 'longitudinal' MOC test
MedPage Today
The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) said it would offer a new form of maintenance of certification (MOC) exam that allows internists to answer a single question at a time and get immediate feedback on their answers, although no launch has yet been set. READ MORE
Georgia asks judge not to block restrictive abortion law
Rome News-Tribune
Georgia has asked a federal judge not to block the state's restrictive abortion law from taking effect and to dismiss a challenge to the constitutionality of the measure. | READ MORE
Reviewer says Georgia not living up to mental health, disabilities pact
Georgia Health News
Georgia is still failing to meet key parts of its agreement with the U.S. Justice Department on caring for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities, according to an independent reviewer’s report released this week. | READ MORE
Georgia Supreme Court: Are data breach victims entitled to damages?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In the spring of 2016, a cyber thief calling himself the “Dark Overlord” hacked into the databases of a Clarke County medical clinic and emerged with the personal information of an estimated 200,000 patients. | READ MORE
AMA drops out of group opposing Medicare for All
MedPage Today
The American Medical Association has dropped out of the Partnership for America's Health Care Future, a coalition of healthcare stakeholders dedicated to torpedoing the idea of a single-payer healthcare system such as Medicare for All. | READ MORE
Marlboro cigarette giant to test ‘heat not burn’ tobacco in Atlanta
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The nation’s dominant tobacco company, maker of the top-selling Marlboro cigarette, is trying to become the next e-cigarette giant. | READ MORE
Overdose deaths were rising in Columbia County but may be lower this year
The Augusta Chronicle
Overdose deaths, many from opioids and synthetic opiates like fentanyl, had been on a steady rise in Columbia County but may be down this year due to first responders with a fast-acting rescue drug. | READ MORE
Gwinnett Health System to change name after August 28 merger with Northside
Gwinnett Daily Post
Two massive health systems in metro Atlanta announced the launch date of their imminent merger. | READ MORE
Floyd Medical Center loses open heart surgery appeal
Rome News-Tribune
Floyd Medical Center has lost its appeal of a Department of Community Health decision to deny the hospital a certificate of need to provide open heart surgical services. | READ MORE
Q&A with Michael Burnett, new Piedmont ARMC CEO
Online Athens
Michael Burnett, the new CEO of Piedmont-Athens Regional Medical Center, recently sat down with the Athens Banner-Herald’s Donnie Fetter and Lee Shearer to record a podcast, talking about his background as well as the state and future of Piedmont Athens Regional as the hospital observes its 100th anniversary this year. | READ MORE
How Morehouse medical school’s leader is changing the institution
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Blue balloons, 100 of them, danced in the hot summer sun that day along the perimeter of Morehouse School of Medicine. | READ MORE
Reported illness among vapers reaches 150 possible cases
Associated Press
The number of breathing illnesses reported among people who vape is growing. Health officials are now looking into more than 150 possible cases in 16 states. | READ MORE
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