MAY 17, 2018
New report says Medicaid expansion would cover 473,000 more Georgians
Georgia Health News
A new report estimates that a full Medicaid expansion in Georgia would provide health insurance to 473,000 more residents in 2019. 
FDA approves first non-opioid drug for opioid withdrawal
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved lofexidine hydrochloride (Lucemyra, US WorldMeds), a nonopioid, for the mitigation of symptoms in the setting of abrupt opioid withdrawal in adults.
Walmart takes on opioid crisis, offering free solution to safely dispose of unused meds
USA Today
Walmart is taking on the opioid abuse crisis with a safe solution to dispose of unused prescriptions.
Medscape Physician Wealth and Debt Report 2018
How physicians save, spend, and invest the money they earn varies widely.
Piedmont Healthcare partners with PerfectServe to standardize after-hours communications across all physician practices
Metro Atlanta CEO
Piedmont Healthcare, one of Georgia's fastest-growing health systems, has begun deployment of the PerfectServe clinical communication and collaboration solution, replacing each practice's after hours answering service with an enterprise-wide, standardized communication platform.
Emory and Grady to begin study on best treatment option for cardiac arrest
Emory News Center
Emory Department of Emergency Medicine and Grady Memorial Hospital are teaming up to offer a new clinical trial aimed at a specific group of cardiac arrest survivors. 
Dougherty denied restraining order on Lee hospital
Albany Herald
Lee County Commission Vice Chairman Billy Mathis told The Albany Herald Tuesday that the temporary restraining order Dougherty County had requested to stop work on the proposed Lee County Medical Center was denied by a Fulton County Superior Court judge. 
5 Georgians among 149 hit by E. coli outbreak
Georgia Health News
The CDC reported Wednesday that the multistate E. coli outbreak has now sickened 149 people, including five in Georgia.
Under [President] Trump proposal, lawful immigrants might be inclined to shun health benefits
Kaiser Health News
The Trump administration is considering a policy change that might discourage immigrants who are seeking permanent residency from using government-supported health care, a scenario that is alarming some doctors, hospitals and patient advocates.
In taking on high drug prices, [President] Trump faces a complex nemesis
Associated Press
Before taking office, President Donald Trump railed against the pharmaceutical industry and accused it of “getting away with murder.”
The unfortunate reason people lie to their doctors
Market Watch
One of the worst symptoms of struggling financially may be the impact it has on health care decisions—or lack thereof.
Telehealth could replace doctor visits in major cities, amid a primary care physician shortage
If you need to see a doctor, you'd better plan ahead. A 2017 survey found 24 days was the average wait time in 15 of the largest cities to schedule a physician appointment.
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