NOVEMBER 29, 2018
Anthem among health insurers refusing to pay ER bills (mentions MAG)
On Aug., 1, 2017, Brittany Cloyd of Frankfort, Kentucky, said she experienced pain "worse than childbirth." READ MORE
What will be on [Georgia Gov.-elect] Brian Kemp’s agenda for health care?
Georgia Health News
Brian Kemp’s election as governor likely means that full-fledged Medicaid expansion will remain off the table in Georgia, at least for a while. | READ MORE
Another crack in rural health care awaits Gov.-elect Kemp (related to Southeast Georgia Health System)
Another crack appeared in Georgia’s crumbling rural health system a few weeks before election day. The credit rating of a Brunswick-based hospital system was downgraded and New York analysts offered a dim view of a recovery. | READ MORE
Saving a rural hospital [in Hawkinsville]
Georgia Trend
The University of Georgia (UGA) recently won a national award for helping to keep a local hospital open and improving healthcare services in the rural community. | READ MORE
HHS draft strategy aims to reduce administrative burden of EHR use
EHR Intelligence
A new draft strategy from HHS addresses administrative burden on providers caused by EHR use and includes recommendations to boost provider satisfaction. | READ MORE
CMS launches online tool to promote price transparency
Healthcare Analytics News
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new online tool today that allows consumers to compare Medicare payments and copayments for certain procedures that are performed in hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgical centers. | READ MORE
Alternative payment models: Unintended consequences
MedPage Today
The way we pay for medical care is changing. In this second episode of a two-part podcast series with Karen Joynt Maddox, MD, MPH, of Washington University in St. Louis, she delves into the unintended consequences of alternative payment models. | READ MORE
Amazon plans to sell software that reads medical records
Amazon plans to begin selling software that'll mine medical records for information that can be used to improve patient treatment and reduce costs, the e-commerce giant said Tuesday. | READ MORE
Telemedicine surging in U.S., but still uncommon
Although telemedicine visits have increased sharply in the U.S. in recent years, the vast majority of American adults still receive care from doctors in person rather than via remote technology, a new study suggests. | READ MORE
At FDA, a new goal, then a push for speedy device reviews
The Associated Press
Dr. Jeffrey Shuren was adamant: The United States would never cut corners to fast-track the approval of medical devices. | READ MORE
Preventing diabetes in your Medicare population (free AMA CME activity)
AMA Ed Hub
This activity is being created to provide a knowledge about two sets of rules that facilitate preventing type 2 diabetes in the Medicare population. | READ MORE
What you should know about the new flu drug
The first new influenza drug in 20 years was approved in October, and maker Genentech says Xofluza began reaching pharmacies last week – good timing for flu season. | READ MORE
2 former Georgia hospital CEOs fight criminal charges in kickback case
Becker's Hospital Review
The former CEOs of North Fulton Medical Center in Roswell, Ga., and Atlanta Medical Center face possible prison time in a long-running kickback case, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. | READ MORE
Lives lost amid ER violations, investigation finds
Georgia Health News
Randy Strickland walked into the ER at North Metro Medical Center burning with fever and trembling. He told the man and the woman who were staffing the triage desk that he was nauseated and felt like he needed to throw up. | READ MORE
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