OCTOBER 10, 2019
[Gov.] Kemp issues public health advisory after second Georgia death from vaping-related lung injury
11 Alive
Gov. Brian Kemp has issued a public health advisory on the risks of vaping and e-cigarettes after the state Department of Public Health confirmed Wednesday the second death in Georgia due to a vaping-related lung injury. READ MORE
Readmission penalties for Medicare patients hitting dozens of Georgia hospitals
Georgia Health News
A Medicare initiative aimed at reducing readmissions of discharged patients is penalizing 88 percent of Georgia hospitals evaluated in the program. | READ MORE
Georgia hospital disclosures show disparities, seven-figure salaries
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The state legislature required non-profit hospitals to begin posting a raft of financial information on their websites this week, and some of it is eye-opening at a time when some facilities say they are struggling to get by. | READ MORE
Rebate time: Thousands of Ambetter clients to get money back
Georgia Health News
About 190,000 Georgians with health care policies from Ambetter of Peach State are getting rebates of $314 each. The payouts are required under a rule in the Affordable Care Act. | READ MORE
Georgia health care task force looks at saving state more than a billion dollars
The Center Square
A group of Georgia lawmakers and health care stakeholders continued their deep dive into Georgia’s health care system on Wednesday. The Task Force on Healthcare Access and Cost held its second meeting at the state capitol aimed at examining cost reduction measures and barriers to health care access in the state. | READ MORE
Atlanta VA hospital has hard time finding doctors
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Atlanta reported the most severe occupational shortages among 140 facilities in the nation for the second year in a row. | READ MORE
Increase in hospitalists not affecting primary care access in Medicare
MedPage Today
The number of internal medicine residents who decide to become hospitalists instead of outpatient primary care physicians has been increasing, but that doesn't seem to have affected Medicare beneficiaries' access to primary care, members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission were told. | READ MORE
[Georgia] budget cuts put mentally ill people at risk, detailed records say
Georgia Recorder
Georgia’s agency charged with protecting people with mental illness reports the $21.1 million in budget cuts it plans to make to its community service boards could land more people in the local emergency room. | READ MORE
[Georgia] Hepatitis A outbreak seems to be on the decline
State public health officials say a hepatitis A outbreak that started last year seems to be slowing down. More than 650 people have been diagnosed with the liver disease since last year, but new cases are on the decline. | READ MORE
Three STDs reach all-time highs in the US, new CDC report says
For the fifth consecutive year, combined cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have risen in the United States, according to a Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published on Tuesday. | READ MORE
Rural remedy: Mercer med school bringing health care to ‘areas of need’
Georgia Health News
Telemedicine is a big component in the Mercer Medicine work. The use of long-distance video technology not only lets physicians see patients they would not otherwise see, but it also allows medical professionals in far-flung communities to consult with one another. | READ MORE
Here’s what Emory’s newest medical building will look like
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Emory University on Friday will break ground on a musculoskeletal facility in Brookhaven’s Executive Park, where officials hope to eventually build a $1 billion medical complex. | READ MORE
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