NOVEMBER 15, 2018
More than 1,000 doctors violating [Georgia’s] opioid law
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
About 1,100 of the state’s physicians are now considered lawbreakers under a Georgia law intended to help put an end to the opioid epidemic, but so far nothing has been done to punish them. READ MORE
Medicare expands access to in-home support for seniors
Associated Press
Medicare is experimenting with a new direction in health care. Starting next year, seniors in many states will be able to get additional services such as help with chores and respite for caregivers through private Medicare Advantage insurance plans. | READ MORE
If you get the flu, you can help curb the spread of illness [in Georgia] with this new online tool
The Telegraph
Flu season is here, and over 8,000 Georgia residents have already reported flu-like symptoms since September. But many flu cases go unreported each year. | READ MORE
Cancer surpasses heart disease as leading cause of death in many U.S. counties
CNN
An important transition is happening across the United States: Cancer was the leading cause of death in more counties in 2015 than 13 years earlier, a new study finds. However, the opposite was true for heart disease during that period; fewer counties reported it as the top killer. | READ MORE
State recognizes Georgia’s maternal death problem, faces uphill climb
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia Department of Public Health staff told the agency’s advisory board that the state is doing what it can to curb maternal mortality. But it’s an uphill climb. | READ MORE
You may be prediabetic and don't know it, CDC warns
HealthDay
More than one-third of Americans have prediabetes, but 90 percent of them don't know they have it, medical experts say. | READ MORE
State okays new hospital for Children’s Healthcare
Georgia Health News
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has received state approval for its planned 446-bed hospital in Brookhaven. READ MORE
Autumn upturn: Leapfrog safety ratings improve in Georgia
Georgia Health News
The new Leapfrog Group report card on hospital safety found that 26 Georgia hospitals scored an “A” grade, up from 15 in the spring ratings. | READ MORE
Georgia lawmakers pause on proposal to fund Mercer medical school in Columbus
Ledger-Enquirer
State lawmakers will not consider money for a Mercer University medical school campus in Columbus during a special session that began this week. | READ MORE
6 things medical students should know about physician compensation
AMA Wire
Even before the completion of medical school, future physicians have a number hovering over their heads that may shape their future—the balance owed on their medical student loans. | READ MORE
3 mistakes to avoid on medical student-loan repayment
AMA Wire
A survey of medical residents indicates that paying off medical student-loan debt is the group’s top financial concern. With half of survey respondents saying they have med school debt of greater than $200,000, and 80 percent with a debt figure higher than $100,000, there’s little wonder as to why that concern is so pressing among new physicians. | READ MORE
6 key physician retirement insights from doctors already there
AMA Wire
Planning for a fulfilling retirement just got a little simpler: Hundreds of retired physicians have shined a light on what makes them successful, satisfied and confident in this stage of life. | READ MORE
Things to consider before you choose a practice setting
AMA Wire
As a resident or fellow nearing the completion of your graduate medical education, you will confront a number of decisions that shape your career as a physician. One of those decisions is determining the type setting in which you want to practice. | READ MORE
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