JUNE 7, 2018
Dancing doctor suspended by [Georgia] medical board
Atlanta Journal Constitution
More than two years after receiving reports of alleged malpractice at Dr. Windell Davis-Boutte’s cosmetic surgery practice, the Georgia Composite Medical Board today immediately suspended the Gwinnett physician’s license. READ MORE
What the new Hands-Free Georgia Act bans and allows
July 1 is a landmark day for transportation safety in Georgia.The highly ballyhooed, awaited and analyzed Hands-Free Georgia Act goes into effect that day, and drivers everywhere are scrambling to figure out just what they can and cannot do. READ MORE
CMS unveils new settlement option for clearing Medicare appeals
Starting next month, providers will have a quicker option for resolving Medicare appeals disputes. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will begin offering streamlined settlements based on preliminary data. | READ MORE
Medicare will run out of money in 2026, trustees forecast
NBC New York
Medicare will run out of money sooner than expected, and Social Security's financial problems can't be ignored either, the government said Tuesday in a sobering checkup on programs vital to the middle class. | READ MORE
[Medicare] Quality Payment Program exceeds year-one participation goal
The CMS Blog
I’m pleased to announce that 91 percent of all clinicians eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) participated in the first year of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) – exceeding our goal of 90 percent participation. | READ MORE
Naloxone recall due to particulate matter
The opioid overdose antidote Naloxone has been recalled by its maker, Hospira, the US Food and Drug Administration said Monday. | READ MORE
[Augusta] District attorney: Treatment options for opiate addicts is lacking
The Augusta Chronicle
The Augusta Judicial Circuit’s chief prosecutor told business leaders Wednesday an affordable, long-term rehabilitation facility for opiate addicts was at the top of her wish list. | READ MORE
Fulton County creates new opioid coordinator position
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Fulton County has created a position that focuses on combating the opioid crisis, the latest development in a long fight against the growing drug epidemic. | READ MORE
[Georgia] attorney general meets Douglas County drug abuse prevention contest winners (mentions MAG Foundation 'Think About It' initiative)
West Georgia Neighbor
Attorney General Chris Carr recently visited the Douglas County College and Career Institute to present the winners of the “We’re Not Gonna Take It” video contest. | READ MORE
[President] Trump signs bill expanding veterans’ health options
News of the Day
President Donald Trump signed a sweeping new law Wednesday aimed at expanding veterans’ access to private-sector health care. But behind the scenes his administration is fighting a bipartisan Senate effort to fund the legislation. | READ MORE
Medical College of Georgia names new surgery chairman
The Augusta Chronicle
The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University has named a new Department of Surgery chairman. | READ MORE
A little over the line: Floyd now runs nearby Alabama hospital
Georgia Health News
Another Georgia hospital system has connected with an out-of-state entity in a deal that appears to buttress the concept that in health care, bigger is better. | READ MORE
A day in the life: Physician cares for HIV-positive patients in [Fulton County] jail
Even after she got her first job in correctional medicine, Anne Spaulding, M.D., never thought she’d spend her entire career in the field.  READ MORE
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