MARCH 12, 2020
67-year-old man is first COVID-19 death in Georgia
Georgia Health News
State officials on Thursday announced the first death from the new coronavirus in Georgia. The patient, 67, had been hospitalized at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta since testing positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. The man also had “underlying medical conditions,’’ said the Governor’s Office in a news release. READ MORE
Georgia doctors say supplies of protective gear are tight (features MAG members and staff)
Georgia Health News
Georgia physicians say they’re worried about not having enough protective gear when potential coronavirus patients arrive at their offices. READ MORE
[AMA’s] ‘A Physician's Guide to COVID-19’
AMA Wire
This quick-start COVID-19 physician guide, curated from comprehensive CDC, JAMA and WHO resources, will help prepare your practice, address patient concerns and answer your most pressing questions. | READ MORE
Georgia Gov. Kemp commits $100 million to combat coronavirus
Northwest Georgia News
Gov. Brian Kemp notified the General Assembly on Wednesday he is adding $100 million to this year’s state budget to deal with the impacts of coronavirus on Georgia. | READ MORE
WHO declares coronavirus a pandemic, urges aggressive action
Associated Press
The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic and urged aggressive action from all countries to fight it, as U.S. stocks plunged into bear market territory and several American cities joined global counterparts in banning large gatherings. | READ MORE
Second plane with quarantined cruise ship passengers arrives at Dobbins
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A second plane carrying the passengers from the Grand Princess ship touched down at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta on Thursday morning. The first arrived early Wednesday. | READ MORE
As labs ramp up, who can get tested in U.S. for coronavirus?
U.S. health officials say more and more public and private laboratories are now able to test for the virus. But some experts have wondered why it's taken so long, and what that means to efforts to spot and stop the outbreak's spread. | READ MORE
FDA head: ‘Millions’ of COVID-19 tests on the way
Medpage Today
The CDC has shipped enough COVID-19 test kits to U.S. public health labs to test about 75,000 people, according to the FDA commissioner. | READ MORE
Congress waives telehealth restrictions for coronavirus screening
Healthcare IT News
As was requested by several leading health care technology organizations this past week, Congress has included a provision that waives some restrictions for Medicare telehealth coverage as part of its new COVID-19 supplemental funding package. | READ MORE
Amid virus crisis, officials announce health care tech rules
Associated Press
With coronavirus topping Americans’ concerns, senior Trump administration officials tried to switch subjects Monday by announcing final rules aimed at delivering on the unfulfilled promise of electronic health records. | READ MORE
U.S. flu season beginning to ease, modelers say
While health officials in the United States wait to see just how bad a public health challenge COVID-19 will pose, they still have to deal with an all-too-familiar challenge: flu. | READ MORE
Alzheimer’s cases grow; study finds many primary care doctors not ready
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Eighty-seven percent of primary care physicians expect to see an increase in people suffering from dementia during the next five years, but half of those surveyed say the medical profession is ill-equipped to meet the demand, according to the new “2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures” report, released Wednesday by the Alzheimer’s Association. | READ MORE
Teen cannabis vaping: How doctors can counter the rising trend
AMA Wire
Even as a mysterious vaping-related lung illness claims young lives, more teenagers are vaping cannabis than before, according to a recent research letter. | READ MORE
U.S. government aims at high insulin prices with plan for $35 copay in Medicare
The Trump administration on Wednesday turned back to its pledge to fight high U.S. drug prices with a plan to limit the out-of-pocket cost for insulin, a life-saving medicine, to $35 per month for many people with diabetes who are enrolled in Medicare. | READ MORE
DOJ: Drug company sued by Marietta bilked Medicaid
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Last month, the city of Marietta filed a lawsuit against the drug company Mallinckrodt after the price of a medication was raised from $40 to more than $39,000. Now, the United States Department of Justice has filed a complaint alleging Mallinckrodt used that price increase to defraud Medicaid out of hundreds of millions of dollars. | READ MORE
Three Emory hospitals named top Georgia and U.S. hospitals in Newsweek’s list of ‘World’s Best Hospitals’ for 2020
Emory News Center
Three Emory hospitals have been named as top Georgia and US hospitals in Newsweek’s list of World’s Best Hospitals 2020, which ranks more than 1,500 leading hospitals in 21 countries. | READ MORE
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