SEPTEMBER 20, 2018
Medical association encourages flu vaccinations before [the end of] October (features MAG)
Albany Herald
The Medical Association of Georgia is encouraging Georgians to get vaccinated for the flu by the end of October. READ MORE
7 medical societies use health data exchange to boost health equity (features MAG)
EHR Intelligence
Medical societies in seven states recently teamed up with KAMMCO Health Solutions to launch a new initiative leveraging health data exchange capabilities and data analytics to reduce health disparities across patient populations. | READ MORE
The Physicians Foundation’s sixth biennial survey finds physicians are pessimistic about the future of the profession as burnout rates continue to rise
Business Wire
he Physicians Foundation, a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and helps them facilitate the delivery of health care to patients, has released the findings of its 2018 survey of U.S. physicians, revealing the impact of several factors driving physicians to reassess their careers.  | READ MORE
GNTC student receives $8K scholarship from the MAG Alliance
Coosa Valley News
Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) student Melynda Wilson of Dawsonville recently received an $8,000 scholarship from the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Alliance during a ceremony held on the Gordon County Campus in Calhoun. | READ MORE
[Georgia’s] obesity rate not the worst, but not good
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s obesity rate for adults is about average among states, the CDC reports. But it’s still a startlingly high figure.  | READ MORE
Bipartisan senators unveil proposal to crack down on surprise medical bills
The Hill
A bipartisan group of senators is unveiling a draft measure to crack down on surprise medical bills, which they say have plagued patients with massive unexpected charges for care. | READ MORE
Senate passes package to fight opioid crisis
MedPage Today
The Senate approved a package of opioid bills by a vote of 99-1 on Monday that would provide more money for opioid use disorder treatment and clarify FDA regulation of non-opioid pain products. | READ MORE
Trump admin awards over $1 billion in grants to fight opioid epidemic
The Hill
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Wednesday that it has awarded more than $1 billion in grants to states, communities and organizations fighting the opioid crisis. | READ MORE
14 ways to put your EHR to the test on usability, safety
AMA Wire
Physicians now have ways to test their electronic health records (EHRs) to ensure they are avoiding workflow or other challenges that can affect the everyday practice of medicine. | READ MORE
Doctors today may be miserable, but are they 'burnt out'?
Today, JAMA publishes two major studies on a hot topic: physician burnout. Burnout is a buzzword that's been in the news, but what is it? How does it affect doctors and their patients? | READ MORE
Avoid these missteps to slash your medical coding audit risk
AMA Wire
Whether you are dealing with a commercial payer, Medicare, or Medicaid, there are certain types of improper claims that should be avoided if you want to reduce your risk of a medical coding audit. That bit of wisdom comes from an entity that ought to know: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG). | READ MORE
Coke and cannabis: The big guys are muscling into this new market
Coca-Cola has its eye on the cannabis market. BNN Bloomberg reported this week that the American soft drink giant is in talks with Canadian company Aurora Cannabis to produce drinks enhanced with cannabidiol, or CBD — a chemical in marijuana leaves that doesn’t create a high but shows promise for therapeutic and medicinal applications, including pain and stress relief. | READ MORE
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