JULY 25, 2019
Medical Association of Georgia president [Rutledge Forney, M.D.] talks opioid abuse
Strides are being made in Georgia to curb opioid use. A new report by the American Medical Association suggest it’s mainly due to doctors taking heed and thinking twice, maybe even three times, before prescribing. READ MORE
Insurers are a roadblock to proven reforms on surprise medical bills
American Medical Association
Even as health insurers have saddled patients and physicians with time-wasting prior authorization requirements that delay care and sometimes lead to serious or life-threatening events, the industry is now wrongly calling “cumbersome” a simple, proven reform that will help address the problem of surprise medical bills. | READ MORE
FDA warns company marketing unapproved cannabidiol products with unsubstantiated claims to treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, opioid withdrawal, pain and pet anxiety
Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has issued a warning letter to Curaleaf Inc., of Wakefield, Massachusetts, for illegally selling unapproved products containing cannabidiol (CBD) online with unsubstantiated claims that the products treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, opioid withdrawal, pain and pet anxiety, among other conditions or diseases.  READ MORE
Deloitte briefs [Georgia] advisory group on health care waiver effort
Georgia Health News
Georgia has a high rate of people without health insurance, and it’s statistically below average in quality of health care. | READ MORE
Judge temporarily blocks new Arkansas anti-abortion laws
Associated Press
A federal judge blocked three new abortion restrictions in Arkansas minutes before they were set to take effect Wednesday, including a measure that opponents say would likely force the state’s only surgical abortion clinic to close. | READ MORE
Closed hospital [in Dahlonega] makes comeback as part of ambitious strategy
Georgia Health News
A closed rural hospital has reopened with a new name and a plan for a bigger development. | READ MORE
Why Fulton County is key to ending HIV in the country
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Contrary to popular belief, the story of HIV in Atlanta has never been about white gay men with resources. The story is black gay men with few resources. | READ MORE
[PCOM/South Georgia's] goal is to improve rural health care in the region
Albany Herald
When describing the yoga rooms and private lactation space for nursing mothers, not to mention an $80,000 robotic child-patient simulator, at a new medical college in the region, one question has been often heard: "Where’s this?" | READ MORE
Some of the deadliest cancers receive the least funding, Northwestern study says
Chicago Tribune
Some of the deadliest cancers – such as colorectal, ovarian and lung cancers – receive the lowest amounts of nonprofit funding, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study. | READ MORE
New standards aim to improve surgery for the oldest patients
Associated Press
The 92-year-old had a painful tumor on his tongue, and major surgery was his best chance. Doctors called a timeout when he said he lived alone, in a rural farmhouse, and wanted to keep doing so. | READ MORE
Private practice physicians less likely to keep up with EHRs, research finds
Becker’s Hospital Review
Nearly half (49 percent) of private practice physicians attested to CMS' Meaningful Use EHR incentive program between 2011-16, while 70 percent of physicians working in both group practices and hospitals attested to meaningful use, according to a recent study published in Health Services Research. | READ MORE
Recent cannabis use tied to memory deficits, slowed mental processing
People who have recently used cannabis may be more likely to experience memory deficits or difficulties with cognitive function than those who don’t use the drug, a recent study suggests. | READ MORE
Delta's on-board emergency medical kits will now include a powerful OD-reversal drug
Delta Air Lines says it will carry naloxone, a medication that reverses an overdose after the fact, after a passenger tweeted that a man died aboard one of its flights. | READ MORE
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