OCTOBER 22, 2020
Gov. Kemp, CMS Administrator Verma announce approval of Georgia health care reform package
Governor's Office Press Release
Governor Brian P. Kemp joined Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma to announce federal approval of Georgia's health care reform package. READ MORE
Breaking down Georgia’s waiver plans after Capitol ceremony
Georgia Health News
Federal health officials gave formal approval Thursday to Gov. Brian Kemp’s request for a waiver to expand health coverage options for low-income Georgians. | READ MORE
Bibb, five other Middle Georgia counties report increasing COVID-19 case rates
The Telegraph
The Georgia Department of Public Health released updated COVID-19 case, laboratory testing and emergency department visitation data Monday, noting which counties have reported high transmission rates or are susceptible to significant spread. | READ MORE
New survey reveals physicians support a hybrid health care system
The Physicians Foundation
The Physicians Foundation, a national nonprofit advancing the work of practicing physicians to support the delivery of high-quality patient care, released the results of a national survey of 1,270 physicians on the future of the health care system. | READ MORE
High-dose flu vaccine in limited supply in Georgia (quotes former MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D.)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Some health care providers across Georgia and the rest of the country already are running low on the high-dose flu vaccine recommended for older Americans as many in the public heed warnings about the dangers of contracting the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. | READ MORE
Essential terms doctors need to know about COVID-19 vaccines (features MAG member and AMA leader Sandra Fryhofer, M.D.)
AMA Wire
There is a sprint to develop a safe and effective vaccine to fight SARS-CoV-2 – the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 – with several currently in phase 3 clinical trials. As the vaccines continue to move forward, questions have come up about the approval process. Understanding the essential terms about vaccine approval can help physicians and other health professionals educate their patients. | READ MORE
AMA & Nordic to host free E/M coding changes webinar
AMA Wire
The American Medical Association and Nordic are sponsoring a free ‘E/M Coding Changes: What will happen to the physician note?’ webinar that will take place at 11:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday, October 28. | READ MORE
Race and COVID: Stark disparities in rural Georgia
Georgia Health News
A USA Today analysis shows that of the 10 counties in the nation with the highest death rates from COVID-19, five are in Georgia. | READ MORE
Rural communities in southwest Georgia to get state-supported health care clinic
The Center Square
Residents in the small town of Fort Gaines, located on the Alabama state line in southwest Georgia, will have access to another local health care facility after three decades with access to only one. | READ MORE
[MAG member Dr. Stephen] Shiver named Department of Emergency Medicine vice chair (at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University)
Dr. Stephen Shiver, who led the residency program in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University from 2008-17, has been named the department’s vice chair of clinical operations. | READ MORE
A medical student volunteers with the medical corps (features MAG MSS & MRC member Mason Bennett)
Mason Bennett, a medical student, shares his story about volunterring with the MAG MRC and discusses his KevinMD article, “A medical student’s unique education in a pandemic.” | READ MORE
How IMGs have changed the face of American medicine
AMA Wire
Here are some key facts that you should know about how IMGs are remaking American health care – as demonstrated by this collection of information obtained from Federation of State Medical Boards, AMA, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, and the Association of American Medical Colleges. | READ MORE
Successful practices invest in business office, clinical support
The report released by the Medical Group Management Association found that practices performing the best on metrics related to operations, profitability, productivity, and value invested more in staff, facilities, and operations compared to the median of all multispecialty practices. | READ MORE
Is your town one of the least competitive health insurance markets?
AMA Wire
The majority of U.S. health insurance markets are highly concentrated and, on average, are more concentrated than they were five years ago, according to a new AMA study of health insurance competition. | READ MORE
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