AUGUST 24, 2017
Gwinnett-Northside deal finally completed, needs state approval
Georgia Health News
Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System said Thursday that they have reached a merger agreement, and have submitted that plan to the state attorney general for approval. READ MORE
DeKalb Medical says several health systems open to a partnership
Georgia Health News
Three months after sending out invitations for potential partnerships, DeKalb Medical Center says it has received bids from several suitors. | READ MORE
Counterfeit drugs blamed for seven overdoses in Warner Robins
myAJC
At least seven people have been hospitalized in Warner Robins after overdosing on what police believe was counterfeit Percocet, a white pill that local officials fear is much like the yellow one blamed for three deaths and 29 overdoses in middle Georgia earlier this summer. | READ MORE
Georgia Health Department to spread immunization awareness during August
Gwinnett Daily Post
The Georgia Department of Public Health wants to remind Georgians about the importance of vacciations during Naional Immunization Awareness Month. | READ MORE
[MCG] program paves way for medical school
The Augusta Chronicle
Shelby Howard and Aditi Talkad might be in their first year at Medical College of Georgia but the two have been at Augusta University working toward a medical degree for three years. | READ MORE
Commentary: Medicaid expansion is a good deal for everyone
Georgia Health News
With Congress stuck over repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the question of whether Georgia should pursue Medicaid expansion under the 2010 law is being debated once again. Thirty-one states have expanded their Medicaid programs. | READ MORE
FDA okays Pfizer drug for rare, fast-killing type of leukemia
Associated Press
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medicine for use against a rare, rapidly progressing blood cancer after other treatments have failed. | READ MORE
Piedmont Quickcare opens at Stockbridge Walgreens
Henry Herald
Piedmont Henry Hospital celebrated the opening of Piedmont QuickCare clinic at Walgreens on Hudson Bridge Road last week. | READ MORE
Too few patients follow the adage: You better shop around
Kaiser Health News
Despite having more financial “skin in the game” than ever, many consumers don’t make any attempt to compare prices for health care services, a newly released study found. | READ MORE
Epipen maker finalizes settlement for government overcharges
Associated Press
EpiPen maker Mylan has finalized a $465 million federal agreement settling allegations it overbilled Medicaid for its emergency allergy injectors for a decade - charges brought after rival Sanofi filed a whistleblower lawsuit and tipped off the government. | READ MORE
Gwinnett mourns loss of ‘bigger than life’ physician, humanitarian Dr. Laurence Lesser (MAG member)
Gwinnett Daily Post
Earlier this month, Gwinnett County lost a physician who had served as a foundation of its medical community for close to 40 years. | READ MORE
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