NOVEMBER 16, 2017
Georgia among the top states with opioid overdose deaths
The White House has declared the opioid crisis across the country as a public health emergency. READ MORE
State okays new hospital for Lee County
Georgia Health News
In the biggest state health care licensing decision in years, Georgia regulators have approved Lee County’s bid to build a 60-bed, $123 million hospital. | READ MORE
Partnership fever: Emory, DeKalb Medical ‘hoping to get married’
Georgia Health News
DeKalb Medical and Emory Healthcare have signed a letter of intent to develop a strategic partnership that could bring the two metro Atlanta health systems together under the Emory roof. | READ MORE
ACA exchange enrollment shows surprising early pace
Georgia Health News
More than 600,000 Americans signed up for coverage in the first four days of Open Enrollment for the health insurance exchanges, federal health officials said Thursday. | READ MORE
Zero-premium plans – an odd twist in a turbulent market
Georgia Health Plans
Free health insurance? The idea seems like a relic from decades ago, when health care was relatively cheap and big corporations offered rich health benefits to employees. | READ MORE
Some states roll back ‘Retroactive Medicaid,’ a buffer for the poor – and for hospitals
Kaiser Health News
If you’re poor, uninsured and fall seriously ill, in most states if you qualify for Medicaid — but weren’t enrolled at the time — the program will pay your medical bills going back three months. | READ MORE
Hospital consolidation drives up Medicare costs, study finds
MedPage Today
Consolidation of hospitals and their increasing employment of physicians have combined to drive up Medicare costs, researchers found. | READ MORE
Is it an emergency? Insurer makes patients question ER visit
The Sacramento Bee
Alison Wrenne was making waffles for her two young children one morning when abdominal pain forced her to the floor. A neighbor who is a physician assistant urged her to go to the emergency room. | READ MORE
Distracted driving in metro Atlanta: Tell us your horror stories
As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, a state House of Representatives committee is looking for ways to stem the rising death toll on Georgia highways, focusing on distracted driving – fiddling with our phones and other devices when we should be paying attention to the road. Among the ideas under consideration: requiring drivers to use hands-free phone technology and boosting the penalties for distracted driving. | READ MORE
Nursing shortage worsens as retirement wave begins
Skilled Nursing News
The nursing shortage has gotten worse over the past five years, according to almost half of the nurses surveyed in AMN Healthcare’s 2017 Survey of Registered Nurses (RNs). | READ MORE
Georgia Medical Society honors ‘Health Care Heroes’
Savannah Morning News
The Georgia Medical Society held its 17th annual Health Care Heroes Awards banquet earlier this week honoring individuals in the community who were nominated for their many health care activities. | READ MORE
Medical group honors Gainesville man for opioid epidemic work (features MAG Foundation ‘Think About It’ campaign leader)
The Gainesville Times
The Medical Association of Georgia honored Dallas Gay Oct. 21 for his work on the opioid epidemic. | READ MORE
The last doctor in Clay County 
Karen Kinsell, 62, is the only doctor operating in Clay, an impoverished county of 3,000 residents in southwest Georgia’s “black belt,” so named initially for the rich soil of the region, then later for those who cultivated that soil. | READ MORE
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