JUNE 18, 2020
Measure to curb surprise billing in Georgia clears General Assembly (mentions MAG)
Marietta Daily Journal
Legislation to curb the practice of handing patients unexpectedly high medical bills that can add up to thousands of dollars and bankrupt families in Georgia passed out of the General Assembly Wednesday. READ MORE
COVID-19 lawsuit protections move in Georgia Senate
Rome News-Tribune
Legislation aimed at shielding businesses and medical providers from lawsuits brought by persons who contract coronavirus has cleared a key hurdle in the Georgia Senate. | READ MORE
[Georgia’s] COVID scorecard shows negative trends; farmworker cases hit South Georgia
Georgia Health News
A national scorecard shows Georgia as having negative trends on fighting COVID-19, just a week after it rated the state as making progress. | READ MORE
[Georgia] Medicaid enrollment climbs as pandemic brings hardship
Georgia Health News
The economic downturn triggered by COVID-19 is producing the expected result in Georgia’s Medicaid program: A surge in enrollment. | READ MORE
Court: Workers can’t be fired over gender identity, sexual orientation (mentions MAG)
AMA Wire
In a decision combining three separate cases, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that the protections against sex discrimination in the workplace contained in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act apply to employees in the LGBTQ+ community. | READ MORE
Emory, state of Georgia collaborating on COVID-19 response
Emory News Center
Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health will embark on a new partnership with the state of Georgia in increasing its public health resources to combat the COVID-19 crisis. | READ MORE
High deductible health plans create cost-related barriers to care (quotes MAG CEO)
HealthPayerIntelligence
High deductible health plans pose a barrier to care by increasing costs for patients and causing scheduling and financial turbulence for providers, according to a survey of providers conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. | READ MORE
Physician survey: High deductibles 'an idea that turned out to be bad' (quotes MAG CEO)
Becker's Hospital Review
High-deductible health plans are changing the way patients pay for and access care, and not in a good way, according to a survey of independent physicians conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago. | READ MORE
Cash-strapped businesses hit with new infection-control costs (features MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D.)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As Georgia businesses attempt to recover from the financial shock of the pandemic and cover the skyrocketing prices of infection-control measures, consumers may be hit with additional fees or higher charges. | READ MORE
Black patients with COVID-19 in Atlanta more likely to be hospitalized: CDC
Reuters
A study of coronavirus patients in Atlanta has found that black patients are more likely to be hospitalized than white patients, highlighting racial disparities in the U.S. health care system, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. | READ MORE
Poll: Black Americans most likely to know a COVID-19 victim
Associated Press
African Americans are disproportionately likely to say a family member or close friend has died of COVID-19 or respiratory illness since March, according to a series of surveys conducted since April that lays bare how black Americans have borne the brunt of the pandemic. | READ MORE
Why physicians need COVID-19-related medical liability protections
AMA Wire
The AMA joined more than 130 state, specialty and national medical associations in a letter to congressional leaders that strongly encourages lawmakers to include “targeted and limited liability protections” for physicians” in the bipartisan Coronavirus Provider Protection Act (H.R. 7059). | READ MORE
CDC posts long-awaited tips for minimizing everyday risk
Associated Press
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted guidelines Friday, along with a second set for organizing and attending big gatherings such as concerts, sporting events, protests and political rallies. | READ MORE
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