AUGUST 30, 2018
Unusual but welcome: Two health insurers opt to cut exchange rates [in Georgia] 
Georgia Health News
Two of the four health insurers in the 2019 Georgia insurance exchange, in a surprising move, are set to make reductions in monthly premiums from the rates they offer this year. READ MORE
Doc groups unhappy with Medicare's proposed payment changes
Medpage Today
The proposal by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to pay physicians less for some Medicare patients' complex office visits hasn't gotten any more popular over time. | READ MORE
Pre-existing conditions: Prevalence and insurance protections
Georgia Health News
A new analysis finds major variations between the estimates of people with pre-existing conditions in U.S. metropolitan areas – even within a state. | READ MORE
Georgia doctor accused of bilking Medicare of $1.5 million
Atlanta Journal Constitution
A Ringgold doctor falsely diagnosed patients as suffering from heavy metal poisoning and then billed Medicare for their treatment, federal prosecutors allege in a Medicare fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. district court in Atlanta. | READ MORE
[Georgia] Abortion doc who served time for Medicaid fraud has his license back
Atlanta Journal Constitution
The Georgia medical board once sanctioned gynecologist Tyrone C. Malloy over a late-term abortion that left a woman with uncontrolled bleeding, her abdomen swelling as she was rushed to an emergency room. She went into cardiac arrest and died. | READ MORE
Georgians warned to protect themselves after 1st death from West Nile Virus
Health officials are issuing a warning before Labor Day Weekend: Cases of West Nile Virus have jumped over the last seven days. | READ MORE
Clay County: Only one doctor, and soon no pharmacy
Georgia Health News
A southwest Georgia county that has just one physician is losing its only drugstore. Buy-Rite is shutting down its pharmacy in Clay County. The company says it has been losing money on the Fort Gaines drugstore for years. | READ MORE
University Hospital Prompt Care coming to Martinez
The Augusta Chronicle
University Hospital’s corporate parent on Thursday approved spending more than $930,000 to develop an urgent care facility in Columbia County next to the entrance to the West Lake neighborhood. | READ MORE
The opioid epidemic is a threat to older people, too
Georgia Health News
A recent overdose case in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody involved a 55-year-old woman. | READ MORE
Advance directives: How to talk with patients about them
AMA Wire
A patient’s comfort in contemplating, completing or even discussing an advance directive can greatly depend on what the physician has to say and offer. | READ MORE
Panel: Doctors should focus on preventing depression in pregnant women, new moms
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released new draft recommendations saying that physicians should screen pregnant women and new moms to identify those who are at risk of becoming depressed, so they can be treated before they show symptoms and a diagnosis of depression can be averted. | READ MORE
School-based health clinics fill the gap in ‘medical deserts’
It’s commonly understood: if kids are sick, they can’t learn well. But children in poor communities often lack access to medical care. So, kids either go to school sick or stay home until their parents can take them to the doctor. Now, Atlanta Public Schools is trying to fill the void by opening health clinics at five schools. | READ MORE
Pfizer's potential blockbuster heart drug boosted by study
Pfizer Inc.’s pipeline may finally be delivering. A new study shows that patients with a rare condition that can lead to heart failure lowered their risk of dying by 30 percent after being treated with Pfizer’s tafamidis. The finding could give the biggest U.S. drugmaker another potential blockbuster medicine and challenge a biotech startup marketing its own groundbreaking treatment for the same disease. | READ MORE
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