AUGUST 31, 2017
[Georgia DCH] asks for extra millions for Medicaid
Georgia Health News
The state’s main health care agency is requesting an additional $36 million for the current fiscal year and an extra $203 million for fiscal 2019. | READ MORE
Familiar face in health care circles picked to run Georgia Medicaid
Georgia Health News
A health care consultant and former deputy commissioner of the Department of Community Health has been named the new chief of Georgia Medicaid. | READ MORE
‘An opportunity to give back’ for new chief at Public Health 
Georgia Health News
By age 75, most people have nestled into retirement, taking it easy. Not Dr. Patrick O’Neal. A physician for almost 50 years, he has been interim commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health since Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald left the commissioner’s post to become director of the CDC. | READ MORE
Anthem will no longer pay hospitals for outpatient MRIs, CT scans
Anthem said it will stop paying for MRIs and CT scans performed on an outpatient basis at hospitals. | READ MORE
‘Unnecessarily time-consuming’ documentation may be on chopping block, CMS suggests
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is working on initiatives aimed at alleviating providers' burden and simplifying federal regulations, Administrator Seema Verma said in a blog post published Tuesday. | READ MORE
AAPA leader: Governor’s action on PAs is a setback for Georgia patients
Georgia Health News
Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of legislation to allow PAs (physician assistants) to treat pain more effectively (Senate Bill 125) is an unfortunate setback for Georgians suffering from injuries and other medical emergencies. | READ MORE
Hackers breached more than a million health records of Georgians since 2016
Earlier this year, the global WannaCry ransomware cyberattack shut down hospitals across Europe. The hospitals were among many groups unable to access its own data. | READ MORE
Physicians warn students of deadly meningitis strain (quotes MAG member)
KSU Sentinel
Four physician groups hand-delivered a letter on Aug. 17 to the University System of Georgia chancellor urging him to recommend a new meningitis vaccine to college students across Georgia. | READ MORE
Senoia Police Department carries naloxone (mentions MAG Foundation/Project DAN)
The Newnan Times-Herald
The rise of opioid abuse continues its march across Georgia – affecting areas both urban and rural. |
Brenau alumna LaSharn Hughes aims to improve health care access in Georgia’s underserved areas
Brenau Window
Soft-spoken and poised, LaSharn Hughes, BU ’98, ’04, keeps a giant map of Georgia above her desk so she can visualize her projects. She points to Echols County in south Georgia and says, “See that town called Needmore? Well, they do, in fact, need more. My job is to help them get it.” | READ MORE
Stephens County Hospital eliminating 61 positions
Stephens County Hospital will eliminate 34 jobs and 27 vacant positions. | READ MORE
Elders may face hearing challenges at doctor's offices
Many older adults may mishear important medical information from their healthcare providers, a study suggests. | READ MORE
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