SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
[Georgia] accepts big hikes on 2018 exchange; now it’s up to the feds
Georgia Health News
State insurance officials Wednesday gave approval to premium increases of more than 50 percent for the four insurers participating in next year’s insurance exchange in Georgia. READ MORE
Washington uncertainty spells big price hikes in [ACA] premiums
There is now a clear price tag for for Washington’s dysfunction on health care and many Georgians could soon begin paying it. | READ MORE
Insured children increase in Georgia and nationwide, report says
Georgia Health News
A new report finds that about 3,000 more Georgia children gained health insurance last year, along with about 250,000 kids nationally. | READ MORE
A hospital crisis is killing rural communities. This state is ‘Ground Zero’
Georgia Health News
If you want to watch a rural community die, kill its hospital. After the Lower Oconee Community Hospital shut down in June 2014, other mainstays of the community followed. The bank and the pharmacy in the small town of Glenwood shuttered. Then the only grocery store in all of Wheeler County closed in the middle of August this year. | READ MORE
Massachusetts seeks to move adults off Medicaid, limit drug coverage
Modern Healthcare
Facing steadily rising costs, Massachusetts has asked for federal permission to cull its Medicaid rolls, curb access to in-home and long-term care supports and limit the number of drugs it must cover. | READ MORE
Amid opioid crisis, insurers restrict pricey, less addictive painkillers
The New York Times
At a time when the United States is in the grip of an opioid epidemic, many insurers are limiting access to pain medications that carry a lower risk of addiction or dependence, even as they provide comparatively easy access to generic opioid medications. | READ MORE
CVS will limit opioid prescriptions to 7 days
In a new effort to tackle the deadly opioid addiction crisis in the United States, pharmacy giant CVS announced Friday that it will limit opioid prescriptions to seven days for certain conditions. This restriction will apply to patients who are new to pain therapy. | READ MORE
New STD cases hit record high in U.S., CDC says
In 2016, Americans were infected with more than 2 million new cases of gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia, the highest number of these sexually transmitted diseases ever reported, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. | READ MORE
Searching for a fairer way to distribute donor livers
Himanshu Patel ran a convenience store in Georgia until about a year ago, when his liver failure got so bad he had to quit. | READ MORE
How to improve your online reviews
MedPage Today
For all the debate about online patient reviews of doctors and whether they're a good thing or bad thing, I ask, what physician doesn't want patients' praise on the internet? | READ MORE
‘Hipster’ health insurance, linked to a surprising name, may come to Atlanta
Georgia Health News
Mario Schlosser is used to giving tours of his company’s headquarters, and he’s used to the visitors’ reaction to it. | READ MORE
Atlanta conference puts accent on health care collaboration
Georgia Health News
Health care leaders from across the Southeast will gather this Thursday in Atlanta for the fourth Health Connect South summit. | READ MORE
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