JUNE 6, 2019
State picks Deloitte to craft [Medicaid] waiver plan on health coverage
Georgia Health News
The state said Monday that it has picked Deloitte Consulting as the winner of an almost $2 million consulting contract to develop health care ‘’waivers’’ for Georgia’s Medicaid program and the private insurance market. READ MORE
Children’s enrollment in Georgia Medicaid and PeachCare shows drop
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare programs covered 20,000 fewer children at the end of 2018 than the year before, a new report says. | READ MORE
Anthem bends in WellStar dispute, lets patients visit docs at network rates
Georgia Health News
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has agreed to allow its Pathway health plan members to visit WellStar Health System doctors at network rates through the end of the year. | READ MORE
Gainesville-based system warns of potential break with Anthem
Georgia Health News
Northeast Georgia Health System has sent letters to 40,000 patients, warning them that its contract with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield may end Sept. 30 without a new agreement. | READ MORE
3 female doctors – all from Georgia – will take over top posts at national physician organizations (includes MAG members)
As more women join the U.S. physician workforce, three female doctors from Georgia are poised to take over top leadership spots at prominent national physician organizations. | READ MORE
VA health care options expanding
Echo Press
Beginning Thursday, military veterans who get their health care from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will find it easier to go to a local clinic for some services. | READ MORE
Opioid overdose emergency room visits, hospitalizations up in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Emergency room visits and hospitalizations for opioid-related overdoses in Georgia jumped 14 percent between 2017 and 2018, rising from 4,934 to 5,621, according to preliminary Georgia Department of Public Health figures released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. | READ MORE
[Georgia] officials promoting addiction recovery in new ad campaign
Kaiser Health News
The campaign, called Georgia Recovers, aims to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and encourage people to seek help for alcohol and drug problems. The campaign will also include social media messaging, videos and a website. | READ MORE
Confusion continues over the legality of CBD products [in Georgia]
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It’s sold in stores across Georgia and used by thousands to treat ailments or induce relaxation, but questions remain about the legality of CBD oil. | READ MORE
Medicare Advantage value-based care contracts: What to negotiate
AMA Wire
One in three Medicare beneficiaries is now enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan. That’s a 71% increase since 2010, and it means there’s more at stake for you and your practice to ensure your MA plan contract is clear and fair. | READ MORE
Spending too much time typing in the EHR? You can change that
AMA Wire
Usability experience with electronic health records (EHRs) is a leading driver of physician burnout as doctors spend more than half of their workdays on the keyboard. But it doesn’t have to be that way. | READ MORE
Quest Diagnostics says 12 million patients may have had their personal information exposed
CNN Business
Quest Diagnostics said the personal information of 11.9 million customers has potentially been compromised. | READ MORE
The Affordable Care Act erased a racial disparity in cancer care, a new study says
The expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in 2010 nearly erased a key disparity in access to cancer care for white and African-American patients, according to a new study. | READ MORE
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