MARCH 8, 2018
Which health care bills will make it to finish line [in Georgia]?
Georgia Health News
The dust has settled on a major legislative deadline. Yet much uncertainty surrounds the many health care bills that still have a shot at passage in the Georgia General Assembly this year. READ MORE
Flu lingers but is dropping significantly [in Georgia]
Georgia Health News
The latest Georgia data continue to show the flu epidemic trending downward in the state. | READ MORE
Watchdog report: Failed VA leadership put patients at risk
The Associated Press
A stinging internal investigation finds "failed leadership at multiple levels" at the Veterans Administration during the Obama administration that put patients at a major hospital at risk. | READ MORE
Savannah institutions partner for no-cost health care program
Savannah Morning News
Uninsured and under-insured Savannah residents will soon be able to receive medical care at no-cost thanks to the newly launched “Operation Empower Health-Greater Savannah” program. | READ MORE
HIV preventive drug gets low use in Georgia despite big need
Georgia Health News
Georgia has the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in the nation, but the use of a prophylactic drug in the state lags behind the U.S. average. | READ MORE
Legislation would help guide patients on birthing hospitals [in Georgia]
Georgia Health News
A House bill aims to lower Georgia’s high rates of infant and maternal mortality by creating a designation reflecting the level of care offered by the state’s birthing hospitals. | READ MORE
Georgia AG’s office partners with [Kennesaw State’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery] for video contest (mentions MAG Foundation 'Think About It' initiative)
The Sentinel
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr visited Kennesaw State’s Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery on Monday, March 5, to discuss the center’s new involvement in the “We’re Not Going to Take it” video campaign. | READ MORE
Still no agreement between Piedmont, Blue Cross Blue Shield
The Newnan Times-Herald
Negotiations continue between officials with Piedmont Healthcare and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia. | READ MORE
Cigna to buy Express Scripts in $67 billion deal
Modern Healthcare
Health insurer Cigna has agreed to buy pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts in a deal worth approximately $67 billion of cash, stock and debt. | READ MORE
UnitedHealthcare to pass drug rebates on to some customers
The Associated Press
The nation’s biggest health insurer will pass drugmaker rebates along to some customers starting next year, giving a potential break to those taking expensive prescriptions. | READ MORE
Why Millennials should care about Medicare right now
The Associated Press
Medicare provides basic health care to one out of six Americans, most of them 65 and older. Even people decades away from retirement, though, should be concerned about Congress meddling with the program. | READ MORE
No-frills micro hospitals with as few as 8 rooms emerge as a new way to cut health care costs
The future of health care looks small and digital.Micro hospitals are emerging in some suburban and urban markets as a backup to community facilities — or in regions where there is not enough demand for full-sized hospitals. | READ MORE
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