FEBRUARY 27, 2020
Surprise-billing medical legislation gets nod from Georgia Senate (mentions MAG)
The Center Square
A bill that would stop patients in Georgia from receiving unexpected medical bills unanimously passed the Senate on Monday. READ MORE
Georgia’s Medicaid and health insurance waiver proposals explained
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Under Gov. Brian Kemp, Georgia is applying for two health care “waivers” from the federal government. [Gov.] Kemp is taking aim at two big health care problems: the high cost of individual insurance premiums and Georgia’s unusually steep rate of uninsured adults. | READ MORE
State challenges in tackling COVID-19 include testing, funding
Georgia Health News
Georgia faces a couple of immediate challenges in its preparation for a potential coronavirus outbreak. One is true for many states: The process for testing patients for the disease is, at best, very slow. | READ MORE
Georgia health authorities brace for coronavirus arrival and what ifs
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
After weeks of watching the coronavirus mushroom across China, then spread to other parts of Asia and jump to other continents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now telling Americans they should prepare for potentially major disruptions to their daily lives. | READ MORE
COVID-19: Six key points physicians should share with patients
AMA Wire
As the number of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to rise, patients may worry about their risk and safety. To help ease patients’ concerns about COVID-19, JAMA Associate Editor Preeti Malani, M.D., shared some important advice for physicians and other health professionals. | READ MORE
Hepatitis A cases continue to spread in north Georgia
Health officials want to educate people about hepatitis A after dozens of cases were reported in north Georgia. | READ MORE
Georgia among the worst states for seniors contracting STDs, CDC sayss
Georgia is one of the top states where senior citizens are contracting sexually transmitted diseases. The Atlanta-based Center for Disease Control and Prevention says the numbers are at record levels. | READ MORE
HHS issues advice to lower EHR burden as industry awaits interoperability rules
Healthcare Dive
HHS released the final version of its roadmap to decrease clinician burden through incremental changes to push EHR systems toward interoperability while easing regulatory burden. | READ MORE
FDA approves drug that lowers cholesterol in a new way
Associated Press
U.S. regulators on Friday approved a new type of cholesterol-lowering drug aimed at millions of people who can’t tolerate – or don’t get enough help from – widely used statin pills like Lipitor and Crestor. | READ MORE
FDA approves Lundbeck’s migraine prevention therapy
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Lundbeck A/S’ migraine prevention therapy, which the Danish drugmaker acquired through its near $2 billion deal for Alder BioPharmaceuticals in 2019, the company said on Friday. | READ MORE
WellStar seeking partnership to boost Atlanta Medical Center
Georgia Health News
Wellstar Health System is looking for a partner to help transform Atlanta Medical Center. AMC has two campuses, with the biggest one a safety-net facility in central Atlanta, not far from Grady Memorial Hospital. The south campus is in East Point, just southwest of Atlanta. | READ MORE
TRICARE insurance no longer reimbursing services at Hinesville behavioral health provider
Military families who have children with special needs are scrambling to find a behavioral health services provider after a facility in Hinesville, called Reaching Milestones, notified families about insurance complications. | READ MORE
Atlanta’s next big thing: world hub for health innovation, preparedness
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Backers of a two-year effort to capitalize on Atlanta’s maturing health and medical sector are close to revealing details of a new health care innovation district that could galvanize the city’s next big technology boom, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has learned. | READ MORE
GoodRx saves money on meds – it also shares data with Google, Facebook, and others
Consumer Reports
While people are saving money with GoodRx, the company’s digital products are sending personal details about them to more than 20 other Internet-based companies. | READ MORE
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