NOVEMBER 30, 2017
Panel backs broader powers for advanced nurses in rural areas (quotes MAG president)
Georgia Health News
A Senate study committee Monday recommended the state allow advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) broader medical authority if they work in rural, underserved counties. READ MORE
Debunking myths: Physicians’ incomes are too high and they are the cause of rising health care costs (features Physicians Foundation leaders)
It seems that whenever there is a discussion of health care costs in America, at least one critic pops up – usually more than one – who carps about physician fees, income, earnings, etc., and how they greatly impact rising health care costs. | READ MORE
Smyrna postpones decision on handheld ban (features MAG Government Relations director)
A decision on whether to ban the use of handheld cell phones or other electronic devices while driving has been delayed by the Smyrna City Council until at least Dec. 18. | READ MORE
Drivers [in Georgia] may see cellphone ban
Rome News-Tribune
Legislation banning the use of cellphones while driving is being drafted for the upcoming Georgia General Assembly session and, this time around, Rep. Eddie Lumsden expects wide support. | READ MORE
New U.S. attorney targeting opioid crisis
Georgia Health News
The illegal use of prescription painkillers is decreasing, but heroin and synthetic fentanyl have grown in popularity among drug users here, says the new U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. | READ MORE
Dr. Douglas Lundy elected as president-elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (features MAG member)
Cobb Business Journal
Douglas W. Lundy, MD, MBA, co-president of Resurgens Orthopaedics, which has several Cobb County locations, has been elected as president-elect of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery for a one-year term. | READ MORE
States preparing for children's health insurance program to run out of funding: report
The Hill
Nearly a dozen states are readying for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides insurance to low-income children, to run out of funding, according to a report from The Washington Post. | READ MORE
Amid rural hospital crisis, one Georgia hospital [in Miller County] thrives
Two years ago, David Roman Reyes was hanging out in his apartment in Fort Myers, Florida, when he started feeling sick. | READ MORE
Indian physicians in immigration limbo (features MAG member)
Rome News-Tribune
Immigration, now a hot-button issue in Washington, is also a major concern for an entire community of medical professionals in Rome for entirely different reasons. Physicians native to India almost find themselves as professionals without a country, stuck in a quagmire of immigration paperwork. | READ MORE
They didn't get vaccinated. Now they're out of jobs.
NBC News
About 50 employees of Essentia Health, an upper-Midwest hospital chain, didn’t go to work Wednesday. | READ MORE
Counting the costs: U.S. hospitals feeling the pain of physician burnout
Dr. Brian Halloran, a vascular surgeon at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, starts planning his garden long before spring arrives in southeast Michigan. | READ MORE
Taken for a ride? Ambulances stick patients with surprise bills
Kaiser Health News
One patient got a $3,660 bill for a 4-mile ride. Another was charged $8,460 for a trip from one hospital that could not handle his case to another that could. Still another found herself marooned at an out-of-network hospital, where she’d been taken by ambulance without her consent. | READ MORE
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