OCTOBER 12, 2017
Georgia’s attorney general accepts Memorial Health sale proposal
Savannah Now
The parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center and the Chatham County Hospital Authority on Monday announced that the state’s Attorney General’s Office has accepted its filing for for-profit Hospital Corporation of America to acquire Memorial’s assets and continue its core services for area residents. READ MORE
Phoebe gets prestigious 'baby-friendly' distinction
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in South Georgia to get awarded a 'baby-friendly' designation from a company launched by the World Health Organization.  | READ MORE
Lee County commissioner: There is a need for another hospital
Lee County commissioners said that choice and competition are the reasons there is a need for another hospital in South Georgia. | READ MORE
Want medical wishes carried out? You may need a POLST
Georgia Health News
About five years ago, the staff at a hospital intensive care unit in Augusta placed a tube into the windpipe of 91-year-old Bucilla Stephenson after she went into respiratory distress. | READ MORE
Scribes significantly improve physician satisfaction
Scribes were associated with significant increases in all aspects of physician satisfaction evaluated in a recent study published in Annals of Family Medicine. | READ MORE
West Nile cases down in Georgia, but virus still a danger
Georgia Health News
The number of West Nile virus cases, which has been alarmingly high, is finally declining in Georgia. |
U.S. not prepared for a flu pandemic, experts warn
The Augusta Chronicle
As the U.S. begins its annual flu season, experts warn that the country is ill-prepared for a pandemic flu that could cause widespread disruption and death. | READ MORE
Audit at Community Health indicates risky data policies in Medicaid
Georgia Health News
Auditors have found that Georgia’s Department of Community Health “exposes itself to unnecessary risk of error, misuse, fraud or loss of data’’ that could significantly affect the reliability of claims and payment processing of Medicaid benefits. | READ MORE
Emory program that teaches compassion to doctors now taught in 30 U.S. and Canadian medical schools
Emory News
An Emory-cultivated program focused on teaching doctors and medical students to be more humanistic and compassionate at the bedside has now become part of the curriculum at 30 U.S. and Canadian medical schools. | READ MORE
Hurricane damage in Puerto Rico leads to fears of drug shortages nationwide
The New York Times
Federal officials and major drugmakers are scrambling to prevent national shortages of critical drugs for treating cancer, diabetes and heart disease, as well as medical devices and supplies, that are manufactured at 80 plants in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. | READ MORE
The FDA is approving drugs at a staggering pace
Gridlock under the Trump administration, particularly the repeated failures to repeal and replace Obamacare, is riveting the nation’s attention. Yet at least one government agency is running smoothly -- and even accelerating its operations. | READ MORE
Amazon is on the brink of deciding if it will make a big move into selling drugs online
Amazon is in the final stages of figuring out its strategy to get into the multibillion-dollar prescription drug market. | READ MORE
What you need to know about the opioid supply chain
11 Alive
The number of Americans abusing pain pills has skyrocketed.  To understand how so many people are getting hooked, we investigated how the pills are finding their way into homes in the first place. | READ MORE
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