JANUARY 25, 2018
Transparency legislation is latest effort to end surprise billing (includes MAG quotes)
Georgia Health News
Surprise medical bills have long puzzled – and angered – patients in Georgia and elsewhere. READ MORE
[Gov. Deal] proposes $22 million for children’s mental health
Children’s mental health services could get a big boost in state funding next year.| READ MORE
Shortage of mental health providers harms Georgia kids, report says
Georgia Health News
The mental health needs of many Georgia children are not being addressed, primarily because of a lack of professionals to treat them, according to a report released Monday. | READ MORE
Deaths mount in Georgia as flu season stays severe
Georgia Health News
Seven more Georgians have died from the flu, bringing the total to 12 deaths across the state this influenza season, Public Health officials said Friday. | READ MORE
Prescription needed to fight flu getting expensive, harder to find, doctors say
Getting critical medicine to fight the flu is becoming more difficult. | READ MORE
Work requirements may prompt more states to expand Medicaid
Associated Press
In an ironic twist, the Trump administration's embrace of work requirements for low-income people on Medicaid is prompting lawmakers in some conservative states to resurrect plans to expand health care for the poor. | READ MORE
As in past, Georgia gets poor grades on smoking
Georgia Health News
Georgia received four F’s and one C grade for its anti-tobacco work in the annual “State of Tobacco Control’’ report, released Wednesday by the American Lung Association. | READ MORE
Program will allow rural diabetic patients to manage disease by internet
The Telegraph
A new program will allow 100 diabetic patients in rural central and south Georgia to monitor their diabetes from home and interact with their doctors using a tablet that will be provided. | READ MORE
UGA addresses health care needs in rural Georgia
Christy Abney is a teacher, so when one of her daughters wakes up sick, she needs to get to a doctor as early as possible so she doesn’t miss much of the school day. | READ MORE
Tift Regional to hold heart and vascular symposium (mentions MAG accreditation)
The Tifton Gazette
Tift Regional Health System will be holding its second annual “Heart and Vascular Symposium: Advancing Cardiac and Vascular Care” for area health professionals on Feb. 3. | READ MORE
[Floyd] County to call opioid summit
Rome News-Tribune
The Floyd County Commission will likely join with Rome and other Georgia municipalities in a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers — after they've talked to local hospitals, physicians and pharmacists. | READ MORE
[South Georgia Medical Center] forms cardiology task force
Valdosta Daily Times
South Georgia Medical Center has formed a task force to monitor its cardiology services after two local doctors questioned the hospital's decisions at a Wednesday meeting. | READ MORE
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