MARCH 29, 2018
Georgia Legislature must act now on surprise bills, and here’s how (written by MAG member)
Georgia Health News
What good is paying for health insurance if it doesn’t cover you when you need it most? Georgia insurance companies are increasingly narrowing their coverage networks and shifting more costs to patients, even as they enjoy record profits and a financial windfall from recent tax reform legislation.
Professionalism: Momentum for MOC changes (quotes MAG CEO)
Neurology Today
The AAN and other medical specialty organizations have been working to address concerns about the requirements for maintenance of certification.
Legislators have chance to rein in excesses of step therapy
Georgia Health News
When the story broke last month that a former medical director for insurance giant Aetna never reviewed patients’ medical records before denying care, the news media and insurance regulators seemed shocked. But for the millions of Americans – and thousands of Georgians – who are fighting for access to treatment, the news was likely just more proof of what they already knew: Our health insurance system is sorely in need of reform.
Piedmont vs. Blue Cross contract dispute coming down to the wire
Georgia Health News
The high-profile negotiations have evolved into the brinkmanship that often occurs in contract disputes between hospitals and health insurers.
Insurance company hurdles burden doctors, may harm patients
U.S. News and World Report
The scenario may sound familiar: Your doctor sends your prescription electronically to the pharmacy, and you go to pick it up. Only you can't, because the insurance company requires "prior authorization" for that particular medication.
Piedmont Athens Regional plans $171 million construction project
Athens Banner-Herald
Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center will ask for state approval for a $171 million construction project at its Prince Avenue site. 
Redmond gets CON for obstetrics and birthing unit
Rome News-Tribune
Redmond Regional Medical Center has won approval from the Georgia Department of Community Health to offer a new obstetrics and birthing program at the hospital.
Men need better health care, and DeKalb is helping the ones who need it most
Georgia Health News
“I’ve always been health-conscious,” said 49-year-old Sean Skeete, who attended the February ribbon-cutting ceremony at the men’s health and wellness clinic in Decatur.
Hospital appetite for physician practices is waning
Twin Cities Business
The hospital buying binge may be over, at least when it comes to acquiring physician practices.
Study: Majority of patients forget physician instructions
Becker's Hospital Review
Over half — 51 percent — of patients fail to recall recommendations and treatments their physicians give unless prompted, due to a lack of patient participation during visits and ineffective written communications presented to the patient afterwards, according to a study published in PLOS One.
Long office wait led 20% to change physicians 
MedPage Today
Long wait times in the office are tied to both patient satisfaction and physician ratings, according to physician review site Vitals' annual survey.
Millennials more likely to use walk-in clinics, telemedicine, survey shows
Healthcare Dive
Younger consumers are opting for nontraditional ways of engaging with healthcare and applying their shopping behaviors to the decisionmaking process, a new EBRI Research survey finds.
Dentists call for 7-day limit on opioid prescriptions
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
More than 115 Americans overdose on opioids every day, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The addiction to opioids, including prescription pain relievers, synthetic opioids like fentanyl and heroin has become a national epidemic.
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