MARCH 2, 2017

Georgia House votes to expand medical marijuana registry 
The Telegraph
The state House has passed a bill that would open Georgia’s medical marijuana registry to more patients, but the next step looks likely to be a showdown with a narrower state Senate bill.
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[Georgia] insurance chief urges loosening of rules on agent commissions
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s insurance commissioner has urged Tom Price, the new federal health secretary, to remove agents’ commissions from rules governing how insure companies spend the premium dollars they collect.
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More than 65,000 providers are cut from Medicaid rolls in 15 states
Modern Healthcare
A provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires providers to revalidate or recertify their Medicaid reimbursement eligibility has caused more than 65,000 providers to be stripped from the federal program, according to a Modern Healthcare analysis.
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Colon and rectal cancers rising in young people
The New York Times
Cancers of the colon and rectum have been declining in older adults in recent decades and have always been considered rare in young people. But scientists are reporting a sharp rise in colorectal cancers in adults as young as their 20s and 30s, an ominous trend. | READ MORE
Mumps outbreaks may lead to a third vaccine dose
The Washington Post
Federal health officials are evaluating the benefit of an additional dose of the mumps vaccine because of the increasing number of mumps outbreaks since 2006. More than 5,000 cases of the contagious viral illness were reported last year in the United States, the most in a decade.
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Signing bonuses top 6 figures for health care jobs, recruiting firm says
Healthcare Finance
Hospitals and other physician employers are offering up to $200,000 in signing bonuses to fill key openings, according to Dallas-based Medicus Firm.
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With direct primary care, it’s just doctor and patient
The Wall Street Journal
There’s no waiting room at Linnea Meyer’s tiny primary-care practice in downtown Boston. That’s because there’s rarely a wait to see her. She has only 50 patients to date and often interacts with them by text, phone or email. There’s no office staff because Dr. Meyer doesn’t charge for visits or file insurance claims.
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Hospitals increasingly try to keep patients away to save money
USA Today
Asked about his health issues, Anthony Tramonte of New Castle, Del., says, “Do you have about an hour?”
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Interim chief named Kaiser president in Georgia
Georgia Health News
Jim Simpson has been named president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, the Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit organization announced Friday.
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In notoriously tough job, Grady's CEO is thriving
Georgia Health News
Five years ago, Grady Health System in Atlanta was racking up a $27 million loss.At the time, the job of Grady CEO appeared to be one of the least secure in the health industry: As of late 2011, there had been five chief executive officers in five years.
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UGA testing remedies for Gulf War illnesses
Online Athens
University of Georgia researchers are testing a possible treatment for a disease that’s affected as many as a fourth of the 700,000 troops who served in Operation Desert Storm and other Gulf War combat a quarter-century ago in 1990 and 1991.
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Blog: Should doctors have beards?
Scientific American
In 1895, a physician by the name of F.A. Colby published a correspondence in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal; his letter was titled, "Should Doctors Wear Beards?"
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