JANUARY 31, 2019
Georgia health officials confirm three cases of measles
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia health officials on Tuesday confirmed three cases of measles, all within the same metro Atlanta family. READ MORE
Patients ‘frustrated’ as WellStar, Anthem near end of contract
Georgia Health News
The vast majority of contract disputes between health insurers and hospital systems get settled before the existing deal lapses. The agreement comes sometimes within hours of the deadline. | READ MORE
The long wait may end soon for Northside-Gwinnett merger
Georgia Health News
After years of delay, the merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System may be close to becoming reality. | READ MORE
Sen. Ben Watson [M.D.] column: Historic start to 2019 Georgia legislative session
Savannah Now
The beginning of the 2019 legislative session was a historic one, with the swearing-in of Georgia’s 83rd governor, Brian Kemp, who has outlined a plan to continue the progress our state has made under Gov. Nathan Deal. | READ MORE
VA unveils proposed rules extending more private care to veterans
USA Today
Nearly four times as many veterans could be eligible for private health care paid for by the Department of Veterans Affairs under sweeping rules the agency proposed Wednesday. | READ MORE
Blog: Georgia could model a larger Medicaid program after Indiana’s
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It was only a single paragraph, but the new chairman of the state Senate Health Committee late Friday dropped a pretty big hint about what he wants to see out of Georgia’s hunt for more Medicaid dollars. | READ MORE
CMS launches Medicare info mobile app
The longest shutdown in U.S. history is over, and the federal government is funded 'til Feb. 15. | READ MORE
Congress takes on unexpected medical bills, sparking industry turf war
A bipartisan fix for surprise medical bills that are socking even well-insured Americans could be one of the few issues uniting Democrats and Republicans this year, but only if lawmakers find a way to contend with competing factions of the health industry, none of whom want to pick up the entire tab. | READ MORE
Hospitals now required to post prices online to help patients. But it doesn't work.
USA Today
Imagine, just for a moment, that you need a knee surgery and you want to save a buck by shopping around. There is good news and bad news: The good news is now you can try. The bad news is it probably won’t work. | READ MORE
The do’s and don'ts of calling out a patient's bad behavior
AMA Wire
Most physicians will encounter patient comments that are rude—or worse. Be prepared with a ready reply and an understanding of the ethics involved. | READ MORE
CEO of Norcross-based company donates $11 million to establish cardiovascular center
Gwinnett Daily Post
A local philanthropic family whose business is based out of Norcross has donated $11 million to Piedmont Hospital to establish the Samsky Invasive Cardiovascular Services Center. | READ MORE
Harvard study finds older insulins are safe as well as cheaper
With little fanfare, a private Medicare delivery system owned by insurer Anthem Inc. moved thousands of elderly patients with diabetes from costly new insulin drugs such as Sanofi’s Lantus to older and cheaper insulin products. | READ MORE
Electronic cigarettes more effective than nicotine replacement therapies, study finds
ABC News
Trying to quit smoking? Or, at least, thinking about trying to quit? You may have more luck with e-cigarettes than nicotine patches or gum, according to a new study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. | READ MORE
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