JANUARY 9, 2020
Georgia ‘Obamacare’ finally stable: More companies, sign-ups for 2020
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It’s official: At least for this year, the Georgia Obamacare exchange market has stabilized. Sign-ups for 2020 health coverage under the Affordable Care Act increased slightly in the state, to 463,910, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. READ MORE
Gainesville-based health system, Anthem finally reach contract deal
Georgia Health News
Three months after their previous contract ended, Northeast Georgia Health System and Georgia’s largest insurer reached an agreement Monday on a new deal that restores network status to thousands of consumers. | READ MORE
Flu season on the rise in Georgia, health officials say
Fox 5 Atlanta
With flu season in full swing, the Georgia Department of Public Health says that they've experienced the deadliest week of the season yet. | READ MORE
Piedmont quitting Georgia Hospital Association
Georgia Health News
Piedmont Healthcare and its 11 hospitals are leaving the Georgia Hospital Association, a major blow to the finances and prestige of the health industry group. | READ MORE
Report slams Georgia spending against tobacco as inadequate
Georgia Health News
A recent report ranks Georgia No. 49 among the states and the District of Columbia on preventing kids from using tobacco products. | READ MORE
[Georgia] Lawmakers propose extended health care for new moms to stem deaths
Georgia Recorder
A push to ensure low-income new mothers have a year of health care coverage through Medicaid – as opposed to cutting off access for many of them two months after they give birth – is among the raft of proposed legislative fixes coming out of the study committees that met this fall. | READ MORE
[Georgia] House leaders push for prescription meds overhaul
The Brunswick News
Describing what they call a corporate takeover of health care, members of the state House Special Committee on Access to Quality Health Care proposed legislation that they say will bring more transparency and fairness to a health care process... | READ MORE
Prior authorization cuts costs, but is it bad for patients?
MedPage Today
Prior authorization (PA) requirements usually succeed in reducing use of certain procedures, but the evidence on whether patients are harmed as a result is not so clear, according to a report funded by the National Institute for Health Care Reform, a nonprofit founded by the "Big Three" U.S. automakers and their principal labor union, the United Auto Workers. | READ MORE
Distracted driving: Most states aren’t cracking down on deadly practice (mentions former MAG President Frank McDonald, M.D.)
AMA Wire
Eight Americans are killed every day in a car crash involving a distracted driver, and more than 1,000 are injured daily in such accidents, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration…yet most states are coming up short when it comes to cracking down on a major cause of distracted driving. | READ MORE
St. Francis Hospital joins newly formed joint venture created by Emory Healthcare and LifePoint Health
Emory News
Emory Healthcare and LifePoint Health today announced that they have formed a joint venture to enhance access to, and delivery of high-quality, cost-effective care; improve the health of residents in Columbus and surrounding communities; and strengthen the regional benefits of Emory’s health care expertise close to home. | READ MORE
Medscape Physician Lifestyle & Happiness Report 2020: The Generational Divide
In this year's report, Medscape explores how different generations feel about various aspects of their life and how thei attend to their own health. | READ MORE
Study says half of women with heart failure may get the wrong treatment
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Heart failure affects at least 26 million people worldwide, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. But a new study says half of the women diagnosed with the condition are not getting the right treatment. | READ MORE
Cancer deaths see biggest one-year drop ever
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Cancer deaths are rapidly declining, and progress in lung cancer treatment is helping lead the way, according to a new report released Wednesday by the American Cancer Society. | READ MORE
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