JUNE 15, 2017
State agency to monitor new Blue Cross ER rule (features MAG CEO)
Georgia Health News
The state insurance department says it will monitor the new emergency room policy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia “to make sure that it is not abused to the disadvantage of Georgia policyholders.” | READ MORE
[Georgia] slips to 41st in senior health rating
Georgia Health News
Georgia ranks 41st among states on older people’s health, down two spots from last year’s ranking, a new report says. | READ MORE
Report ranks Georgia 42nd in child well-being
Georgia Health News
A report released Tuesday ranks Georgia 42nd in overall child well-being for the second year in a row. READ MORE
Feds levy $155 million fine against software vendor for faulty patient records
A leading electronic health records maker and its founders will pay $155 million to resolve a lawsuit that accused the company of selling faulty software and defrauding the program that subsidized doctors to computerize their patient records, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. | READ MORE
Physician frustration with prior authorizations hits new high
The topic of prior authorizations is heating up as physicians and the medical organizations that represent them attempt to rein in such requests from health insurance companies. | READ MORE
AMA may push drug makers to include prices in advertisements
Some doctors within the American Medical Association want the group to begin lobbying for legislation and regulation that requires drugmakers to include prices in their direct-to-consumer advertisements. | READ MORE
Bibb County investigators receive Narcan kits (features MAG Foundation)
The Bibb County Sheriff's Office says the number of recent overdoses is alarming, so they're speeding up training efforts in case they're called to help an overdose victim. Our Yvonne Thomas spoke to Captain David Freeland about the departments new Narcan kits. | READ MORE
CMS overpaid nearly $730 million in meaningful use incentives, OIG says
Healthcare IT News
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services overpaid more than $729 million in incentive payments to eligible providers that didn’t meet meaningful use requirements, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General report released Monday. READ MORE
Piedmont Newton to suspend EMS support due to county funding cut
The Citizens
Piedmont Newton employees were notified Monday that the hospital would no longer provide emergency medical service to Newton County due to a funding cut by the Newton County Board of Commissioners. | READ MORE
Adverse impacts of AHCA Medicaid cuts vary by state
Becker's Hospital Review
Federal Medicaid cuts and caps proposed in the House-approved American Health Care Act would result in a myriad of challenges for states, with some states more affected than others, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis. | READ MORE
Hospitals now tap lawyers to fulfill patients’ legal needs
Kaiser Health News
As health care systems continue to shift toward becoming comprehensive medical homes for patients, health care providers are increasingly incorporating lawyers into the team of professionals who are on hand to help people at no additional charge to patients. | READ MORE
Drones carrying defibrillators could aid heart emergencies
It sounds futuristic: drones carrying heart defibrillators swooping in to help bystanders revive people stricken by cardiac arrest. | READ MORE
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