MAY 2, 2019
[Gov.] Kemp could model Georgia Medicaid waiver off Grady program
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As Gov. Brian Kemp explores options for a limited expansion of Medicaid in Georgia, Grady’s program could provide one way to bring more federal health care dollars into the state to cover more people in a cost-efficient way. READ MORE
[Gov.] Kemp signs bill freeing cancer hospital to grow in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday signed House Bill 186, unlocking future growth for Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Georgia and ending a decade-long battle between CTCA and the state’s nonprofit hospitals. CTCA, a private health care business, won. | READ MORE
State finds many valid complaints against health insurers
Georgia Health News
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Ambetter of Peach State, and Humana had high levels of consumer complaints last year that the state determined to be justified, according to newly released figures. | READ MORE
Measles strikes again: Three new cases reported in Georgia
Georgia Health News
Three new cases of measles have been reported in metro Atlanta, state health officials said Thursday. | READ MORE
AMA welcomes CDC’s revised view on opioids guidelines (statement by MAG member Patrice Harris, M.D.)
AMA Statements
The AMA appreciates that the CDC recognizes that patients in pain require individualized care and that the agency’s 2016 guidelines on opioids have been widely misapplied. | READ MORE
Forming partnerships to improve population health (features MAG member Keisha Callins, M.D.)
Georgia CTSA
Over 100 attendees shared their clinical research and community engagement program experiences during Day 1 of the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (Georgia CTSA) 4th Biennial Community Engagement Research Program Forum. | READ MORE
Fighting the lopsided likelihood of black women dying in childbirth
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Nationally, black women are three to four times more likely to die during pregnancy and delivery, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. | READ MORE
When can I get medical marijuana oil in Georgia? It’s complicated.
The first legal marijuana seeds haven’t yet been planted in Georgia soil, and they likely won’t be for a bit. | READ MORE
Good news for central Georgia moms: more mental health resources are coming your way
The Telegraph
Between 15% and 20% of mothers experience symptoms of depression or anxiety after childbirth, according to Postpartum Support International. | READ MORE
Savannah plastic surgeon receives award from MCG Alumni Association (features former MAG President Dan DeLoach, M.D.)
Savannah Morning News
A Savannah plastic surgeon, Dr. E. Dan DeLoach, who has been a member of the Medical College of Georgia Alumni Association and of the MCG Foundation’s Board of Directors was recently the recipient of a 2019 MCG Alumni award. | READ MORE
Free medical school not the answer to curbing physician shortage (by MAG member Mark Murphy, M.D.)
Savannah Morning News
A 2018 study published by the Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a U.S. shortfall of between 42,600 and 121,300 physicians by 2030. | READ MORE
Northwest Georgia health departments to provide free hepatitis A vaccine clinics in May
Marietta Daily Journal
Northwest Georgia health departments in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, and Walker counties will provide free hepatitis A vaccine to individuals at risk of the highly contagious, highly preventable liver disease every Friday in May. | READ MORE
Coliseum’s newest residents get second chance at medical field thanks to Caribbean schools
The Telegraph
After Bassem Hanna graduates from medical school this spring, he hopes to give his patients at Coliseum Medical Centers a second chance at life. He knows how valuable second chances can be. | READ MORE
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