MARCH 9, 2017
Georgia S.B. 221 dangerous for patients (by MAG president Steven M. Walsh, M.D.) 
Albany Herald

We, as Americans, aspire to be great. It’s why we lead the world in creativity, innovation, and economic growth. Yet, occasionally, our efforts have unintended — and potentially dangerous — consequences. S.B. 211 is a good example.
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Georgia’s outlook uncertain if replacement for Obamacare passes
Georgia Health News
How would the new health care plan proposed by congressional Republicans affect Georgia? Much of the impact has yet to be analyzed.
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[Georgia] House speaker ‘will be watching’ federal health care proposal
Georgia Health News
The Georgia House speaker said Wednesday that while he hasn’t had time to study the new Republican health care plan in Congress, he has initial concerns about it. | READ MORE

Legislative action on health care bills includes some surprises (mentions MAG)
Georgia Health News
The health care scoreboard on Crossover Day shows some expected results — and some surprises as well.
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‘Team doc’ bill passes Senate, heads to House (mentions MAG)
Rome News-Tribune

Doctors traveling with out-of-state sports teams will be able to care for their athletes in Georgia under legislation that cleared a House committee Tuesday.
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Editorial: Phone distraction causing surge in Georgia road deaths (mentions MAG)
The Marietta Daily Journal

A look at the alarming increase in people killed on Georgia roadways every year, and it’s a wonder anyone ever gets behind the wheel again.
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Amid opioid epidemic, Georgia makes overdose antidote more available
Georgia Health News

In December, Georgia became the 36th state to legalize over-the-counter sale of naloxone, which can save the life of someone who has overdosed on painkillers, heroin, or other opioid drugs. In the past, only someone with a doctor’s prescription could buy this medication at a pharmacy.
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For new Medicaid patients, the doctor is in (generally). But you may have to wait.
Kaiser Health News

More than 14 million adults have enrolled in Medicaid since the health law passed, and that has caused some hand-wringing over whether there would be enough primary care providers to meet the demand. But a study out this week suggests that the newly insured people are generally able to get timely appointments for primary care.
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[U.S.] House committee approves bill to cap medical malpractice damages
McKnight's

A bill that would cap certain medical malpractice payments at $250,000 nationwide was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. | READ MORE
Drop in HIV infection rate is welcome news for Georgia
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s HIV infection rate dropped by a 6 percent annual rate from 2008 to 2014, the CDC has reported.
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Slammed by the flu, businesses scramble to get work done
The Associated Press

The flu season has slammed many small businesses, weakening already thin staffing levels and forcing some owners to scramble to cover shifts or get the work done.
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The 25 highest paying [health care and other] jobs in America for 2017
AJC

According to a survey by Glassdoor, an online job and recruitment marketplace, nearly 68 percent of people say that salary and compensation are some of the biggest considerations before accepting a job.
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