DECEMBER 17, 2020
Health care workers in Georgia get COVID-19 vaccine in first large-scale effort for state
Some of the first health care workers in Georgia began getting COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday as Gov. Brian Kemp gave an update on how the vaccine will be distributed throughout the state. READ MORE
Chatham nurses among first to be vaccinated against COVID in Georgia
Savannah Now
The eight-county Coastal Health District received the first of Georgia's allotment of the Pfizer COVID vaccine Monday, getting nearly 6,000 doses to distribute. | READ MORE
[COVID-19] Vaccine arrives in Atlanta area
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Metro Atlanta on Wednesday saw the area’s first vaccinations to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, as a pharmacist, a nurse, public health managers and a worker who greets coronavirus test patients all sat down for their shots before a bank of TV cameras in Gwinnett County. | READ MORE
Georgia hospitals break previous mark for COVID-19 patients
A record number of people were in hospitals Wednesday in Georgia with confirmed COVID-19 infections, another signal that infections are now more widespread than at the previous summer peak, as public health authorities sought to raise the alarm that the coronavirus is spreading unabated across the state. | READ MORE
What we know about Moderna's coronavirus vaccine and how it differs from Pfizer's
Moderna's coronavirus vaccine candidate is similar to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine that was authorized and shipped out to the first Americans earlier this week. | READ MORE
Pediatricians want kids to be part of COVID vaccine trials
Kaiser Health News
If clinical trials for COVID-19 vaccines aren’t expanded soon to include children, it’s unlikely that even kids in their teens will be vaccinated in time for the next school year. | READ MORE
Physicians will play key role building trust in COVID-19 vaccine
AMA Wire
Now that nationwide distribution and administration have begun, physicians take on an active vital role as vaccine ambassadors. | READ MORE
Over-the-counter home test for COVID-19 gets U.S. green light
Associated Press
The first home test for COVID-19 that doesn’t require a prescription will soon be on U.S. store shelves. | READ MORE
Georgia reports much less Medicaid data to the feds than it used to
Georgia Health News
Nine years ago, Georgia reported ample data to the feds on the health care quality of its Medicaid and PeachCare programs. But according to a Georgia Health News analysis, for the last two years, Georgia reported only a fraction of the information the federal Core Set requested. | READ MORE
Georgia hospitals do better in latest Leapfrog patient safety ratings
Georgia Health News
About one-third of Georgia hospitals received an “A’’ grade in the Leapfrog Group’s autumn patient safety ratings, released Monday. | READ MORE
Surprise billing compromise could soon pass Congress
MedPage Today
As Congress rushes to get out of town before the Christmas and New Year's holidays, some legislators are hoping that a compromise bill on surprise billing will be passed before they leave. | READ MORE
Eight terms every physician should know about prediabetes
AMA Wire
One in three adults has prediabetes. However, only 16 percent of adults with prediabetes know they have it. | READ MORE
How medical schools are redoubling fight against racism in medicine
AMA Wire
Recent events such as instances of police brutality that caused national unrest have further revealed how structural elements of racism prevail in society. Medical education is no exception. | READ MORE
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