MAY 16, 2019
Georgia insurance chief Beck declares his innocence, is suspended from office following indictment
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck on Thursday declared his innocence but asked the governor to suspend him from office two days after federal prosecutors released a 38-count indictment accusing him of an elaborate scheme to steal $2 million from his former employer before winning the November election. READ MORE
[Georgia] gets Anthem to pay disputed bill, still plans hearing on complaints
Georgia Health News
In a case that highlighted problems in insurance networks, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has agreed to pay the $87,000 in outstanding medical bills of a Newnan cancer patient, state officials say. | READ MORE
Study uncovers differences between Medicare and private insurers
Kaiser Health News
Private health insurance plans in 2017 paid more than twice what Medicare would have for those same health care services, says a sweeping new study from Rand Corp., a respected research organization. | READ MORE
More than 300 have been affected by hepatitis A outbreak in Georgia
Georgia Health News
The hepatitis A toll in Georgia now exceeds 300 cases, including one death, according to state public health officials. | READ MORE
Certificate of need extension refiled for Lee Medical Center
Albany Herald
Lee County commissioners announced Wednesday that a request to extend the Lee County Medical Center’s certificate of need (CON) has been resubmitted to the Georgia Department of Community Health. | READ MORE
Georgia moves up in key rating of hospital safety
Georgia Health News
More than one-third of Georgia hospitals scored an “A’’ in the latest safety ratings by the Leapfrog Group. | READ MORE
Georgia facing dangerous shortage of EMTs, paramedics
Lee Burks worked in fire and emergency medical services for 21 years, often working two jobs to support his family of four. | READ MORE
Georgians warned against adding CBD to foods and drinks
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Even though a new Georgia law allows hemp farming and CBD oil sales, it's still illegal to add CBD to food and drinks. | READ MORE
Hands-Free Georgia Act saves lives; Atlanta physicians advocate national initiative (by MAG member & MAA President Martha Wilber, M.D.)
Every day, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. This is an epidemic, and one that can be prevented. | READ MORE
New AMA platform helps physicians find, track and report CME
AMA Wire
Earning, tracking and reporting education, CME credit or maintenance of certification points from trusted sources has often proved to be a tricky proposition for physicians whose time is already squeezed by the hectic demands of life in medicine. | READ MORE
Medscape Physician Wealth and Debt Report 2019
Today's financial picture for physicians shows both highs and lows. | READ MORE
7 big reasons why EHRs consume physicians’ days and nights
AMA Wire
It’s easy to heap blame on electronic health record (EHR) vendors for the clerical burdens associated with their products. But that would take others off the hook for the EHR’s contributions to physician professional dissatisfaction and burnout. | READ MORE
The death of antibiotics: We’re running out of effective drugs to fight off an army of superbugs
In January, Columbia University revealed that four patients at its Irving Medical Center in New York had been sick with an unusual version of E. coli , a common gut bacterium. | READ MORE
With cancer rates rising worldwide, oncologist shortage predicted
As cancer rates rise worldwide, researchers predict a shortage of specialists who can deliver chemotherapy, according to a new study. | READ MORE
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