NOVEMBER 21, 2019
Gov. Kemp addresses new health insurance plan in op-ed
There is no “silver bullet” in health care – and this, my friends, is the first year of my administration. However, Georgia Pathways and Georgia Access are huge steps in the right direction. These long-overdue reforms will lead to a safe, prosperous, and healthy future for Georgia. READ MORE
Anthem individual insurance plans incorrectly list WellStar as in-network
If you picked an Anthem plan on the individual insurance marketplace, you might want to double-check your selection. In a release Tuesday, Georgia’s insurance commissioner said Anthem incorrectly listed WellStar doctors and hospitals as in-network, when, in fact, they’re not. | READ MORE
5 things doctors need to know about 2020 Medicare fee schedule
AMA Wire
The 2020 Medicare physician payment schedule contains news about coding revisions for outpatient evaluation and management (E/M) services that promise to greatly reduce administrative burdens for physicians in 2021. | READ MORE
Medscape ‘Malpractice Report 2019’
Medscape recently released its ‘Malpractice Report’ for 2019, which is based on a survey of more than 4,300 physicians who represent 29 medical specialties across the U.S. It addresses numerous metrics, including the most frequently sued specialties, the most common reasons physicians get sued, steps to take to avoid getting sued, and outcomes. | READ MORE
AMA calls for total ban on all e-cigarette, vaping products
Associated Press
The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for an immediate ban on all electronic cigarettes and vaping devices. | READ MORE
Georgia gets an ‘F’ grade in preventing preterm births
Georgia Health News
Preterm births have been an increasing problem for Georgia. In fact, a recent report card on infant and maternal health gave Georgia a failing grade for its preterm birth rate. | READ MORE
Georgia’s HIV problem hitting rural areas hard
Georgia Health News
Metro Atlanta is often characterized as the epicenter of Georgia’s HIV crisis. But many rural Georgia counties, though their overall populations are not large, have high rates of HIV, says Aaron Siegler, an associate professor at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health. | READ MORE
Atlanta City Council creates ‘Reproductive Justice Commission’
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Atlanta City Council on Monday unanimously approved creating a commission to study how the city can improve access to reproductive health care, including abortion. | READ MORE
Wider use of prescription-strength fish oil to prevent heart attack backed by FDA panel
NBC News
Government health experts recommend broader use of a prescription-strength fish oil drug to help many more patients at risk for heart attack, stroke and related health problems. | READ MORE
Mailing free home HIV tests helps detect more infections
Associated Press
Mailing free home HIV tests to high-risk men offers a potentially better strategy for detecting infections than usual care. | READ MORE
Google denies it’s misusing health data as HHS starts inquiry
Google’s top health and cloud executives said the company isn’t misusing health data from one of the biggest U.S. health-care providers, pushing back against news reports that have triggered criticism from lawmakers and prompted a federal inquiry. | READ MORE
Startup seeks to hold doctors, hospitals accountable on patient record requests
Kaiser Health News
[A new rule] will require health care providers doing business with Medicare and Medicaid, and in the federally run Affordable Care Act marketplaces, to share their patients’ data through apps that are compatible with an international standard for sharing health care information known as FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources). | READ MORE
Some family doctors ditch insurance for simpler approach
Associated Press
In many ways, direct primary care is a return to a simpler time when doctors charged cash for their services. Patients say they appreciate the accessibility and simplicity of the system. But health care researchers question its cost-effectiveness and whether it will ever be capable of serving large numbers of people. | READ MORE
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