JUNE 28, 2018
Four insurers submit rates for 2019 Georgia exchange
Georgia Health News
Four health insurers have submitted proposed rates to the state insurance department to offer coverage in next year’s exchange in Georgia. The four companies – Kaiser, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Ambetter, and Alliant – each offered insurance in the exchange this year in Georgia.
U.S. okays marijuana-based drug for seizures
Associated Press
U.S. health regulators on Monday approved the first prescription drug made from marijuana, a milestone that could spur more research into a drug that remains illegal under federal law, despite growing legalization for recreational and medical use.
Children’s Healthcare files proposal for new $1.3 billion hospital
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Things are moving along for the new Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta campus in Brookhaven. CHOA at Egleston has filed a certificate of need for its $1.3 billion hospital.
Dahlonega hospital closing could be just the beginning
Georgia Health News
Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega is scheduled to close a month from now. But that will be just the first step of a complicated transaction that may result in a new hospital in Lumpkin County, whose mountain scenery and historical sites are an attraction for Atlanta tourists
AMA to investigate whether private-equity-owned practices put profits over patients

The American Medical Association, the nation’s most prominent doctors group, will study the effect that growing investments by corporate parties — including venture-capital and private-equity firms — have on physician practices, reflecting a growing concern among doctors regarding the trend.
Medicare allows more benefits for chronically ill
The New York Times
Congress and the Trump administration are revamping Medicare to provide extra benefits to people with multiple chronic illnesses, a significant departure from the program’s traditional focus that aims to create a new model of care for millions of older Americans.
[U.S.] House approves bill expanding treatment for opioid abuse
U.S. News & World Report  

The House has overwhelmingly approved legislation designed to give health care providers more tools to stem an opioid crisis that is killing more than 115 people in the United States daily.
More doctors embrace membership fees, shunning health insurance
The Chicago Tribune

In recent years, many consumers have grown frustrated with the risings costs of health insurance, and many doctors have felt stymied by a system that expects them to see high numbers of patients. In response, a growing number of consumers and medical professionals are seeking alternatives, including direct primary care.
New shingles vaccine is highly effective, long-lasting – and in short supply
The Washington Post

A national shortage of a new and more effective vaccine to protect adults older than 50 from the painful rash known as shingles is prompting retailers to create waiting lists and the manufacturer to delay additional promotion
These insulin pills could replace daily injections for diabetics, study says
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have now developed an oral delivery method that could replace the painful insulin injections responsible for maintaining appropriate glucose levels.
Lyme Disease: An even bigger threat than you think
The Wall Street Journal

Around 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are documented each year, according to surveillance figures published annually by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The real number, the agency says, is more like 300,000.
Dodging dementia: More of us get at least a dozen good, happy years after 65
Kaiser Health News
New research about “cognitive life expectancy” – how long older adults live with good versus declining brain health – shows that after age 65 men and women spend more than a dozen years in good cognitive health, on average…over the past decade, that time span has been expanding. | READ MORE
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