NOVEMBER 7, 2019
Doctors testify against vaping in legislative hearing (features MAG members)
The Brunswick News
State Rep. Sharon Cooper, R-Marietta, opened her committee meeting Tuesday morning with the assurance that it would not be the last one on the subject – the sheer speed at which people filled speaking roles on the topic of vaping and public health led her to tentatively schedule at least one more hearing before the beginning of the 2020 legislative session. READ MORE
How Governor Kemp's proposed Medicaid plans stand to impact Georgians
Georgia is currently ranked third among states with most uninsured residents. More than 1.4 million Georgians were without insurance in 2018. Governor Kemp announced the second of two healthcare waiver proposals to increase coverage on Monday. | READ MORE
Georgia’s new medical marijuana program could soon get a kick-start
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
House Speaker David Ralston said Wednesday on GPB’s Political Rewind that he’ll soon begin to appoint members of the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission. Gov. Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan could also follow suit. | READ MORE
Georgia is debut location for Walmart’s ‘health center’
Georgia Health News
Since September, the Paulding County Supercenter has been the site of Walmart’s first “health center’’ in the nation. And Calhoun, in northwest Georgia, will be the site of Walmart’s second such center, set to open next year. | READ MORE
Atlanta’s VA hospital remains partially shut for surgeries – employees
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The suspension of routine surgeries at the troubled Veterans Administration hospital in Decatur is continuing past a deadline into a sixth week, according to people familiar with the matter. | READ MORE
Northwest Georgia health system to join North Carolina-based Atrium
Georgia Health News
A Rome-based hospital system said Tuesday that it has signed a letter of intent to combine with Charlotte-based Atrium Health. | READ MORE
Trump's 'conscience' rule for health care workers struck down by U.S. judge
A federal judge on Wednesday voided a White House-backed rule making it easier for doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers to avoid performing abortions and other medical services on religious or moral grounds. | READ MORE
Docs to see major reforms in Medicare pay
MedPage Today
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a final rule on Friday that agency officials argue will streamline billing and coding and reward physicians for spending more time caring for patients. | READ MORE
Georgia on the verge of first reforms in years of EMS rules
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgians would get better information on the time it takes an ambulance to arrive on the scene of an emergency as a result of a proposal aimed at improving the quality of emergency medical services in Georgia. | READ MORE
Georgia health-care organizations propose big new projects
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Several Georgia health care organizations are planning major new projects, according to letters-of-intent filed with the Georgia Department of Community Health. | READ MORE
Most patients with access to electronic medical records not using it
Only about one in 10 discharged hospital patients given access to their electronic medical records go online to take a look, a U.S. study suggests. | READ MORE
U.S. health officials link childhood trauma to adult illness
Associated Press
U.S. health officials estimate that millions of cases of heart disease and other illnesses are linked to abuse and other physical and psychological harm suffered early in life. | READ MORE
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