APRIL 9, 2020
Georgia's shelter-in-place order extended through end of April
11 Alive
Gov. Brian Kemp has extended the state's shelter-in-place order. The governor made the announcement during a news conference at the State Capitol on Wednesday. | READ MORE
Georgia confirms 10,566 cases, 9 more deaths related to coronavirus
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia has confirmed more than 350 cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing the state’s number of infections to 10,566 Thursday. READ MORE
DPH: Sharp increases in COVID-19 cases and deaths in Georgia
Georgia Department of Public Health
The numbers of cases and deaths from COVID-19 have steadily increased in Georgia and around the country in recent days. | READ MORE
America’s doctors are facing a financial crisis (by MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D.)
Doctors, nurses, clinicians and health care providers have never shied away from sacrifice. Across the country, these heroes are putting themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis to save lives, flatten the curve and stem the tide of this virus. | READ MORE
UnitedHealth accelerates nearly $2B in payments and support to health care providers
UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), through UnitedHealthcare and Optum, has announced it is taking steps immediately to accelerate payments and other financial support to health care providers in the U.S. to help address the short-term financial pressure caused by the COVID-19 emergency. | READ MORE
FDA approves clinical trials for Emory’s COVID-19 antiviral treatment
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Emory University has the green light to begin human clinical trials for a drug that researchers hope will treat the novel coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. | READ MORE
Telehealth helps doctors continue to treat patients during pandemic (features former MAG President Rutledge Forney, M.D.)
The coronavirus is allowing doctors to do what patients have long wanted, but insurance companies have not paid for: practicing medicine over the phone. | READ MORE
Around Town (features MAG member Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., addressing her COVID-19 illness)
Marietta Daily Journal
After confining herself to her east Cobb bedroom for two weeks to recover from a COVID-19 infection, state Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., said she wants people to know they will get through this pandemic and that most folks are going to be fine. | READ MORE
Physician practices: Learn how to get help under CARES Act
AMA Wire
The $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill enacted last month by Congress and signed into law by President Trump offers several provisions that could help small businesses – including physician practices and other health care organizations employing 500 or fewer workers – withstand some of the economic pain inflicted by physical distancing policies and the cancellation or postponement of nonurgent medical care. | READ MORE
AMA highlights mental health resources for physicians during COVID-19
AMA Wire
The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced resources available to help physicians cope with increased levels of distress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic. | READ MORE
How doctors can keep their families safe after providing COVID-19 care
AMA Wire
The rise in COVID-19 cases creates anxiety among physicians and other health professionals who worry they might carry the virus home to their families. | READ MORE
Hospitals say feds are seizing masks and other coronavirus supplies without a word
LA Times
Although President Trump has directed states and hospitals to secure what supplies they can, the federal government is quietly seizing orders, leaving medical providers across the country in the dark about where the material is going and how they can get what they need to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. | READ MORE
Federal stockpile of emergency medical equipment depleted, House panel says
The Hill
The federal government's emergency stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) is depleted, and states will not be receiving any more shipments, administration staff told a House panel. | READ MORE
Health groups urge feds to relax opioid production limits amid coronavirus
The Hill
Multiple health groups have banded together to urge the federal government to relax opioid production limits during the coronavirus crisis in a letter sent Tuesday. | READ MORE
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