MAY 9, 2019
[CMS Administrator Seema] Verma, in Atlanta, talks TV drug prices, rural health, Georgia waivers
Georgia Health News
The head of the federal Medicare and Medicaid agency said Wednesday in Atlanta that the new White House regulation on pharmaceutical TV ads will bring “much-needed pricing transparency to the market for prescription drugs.’’ | READ MORE
What to know about new group that will have power over medical marijuana in Georgia
The roughly 10,000 Georgians who currently have medical marijuana cards will have their eyes on a new state commission with broad powers over the state’s budding program. | READ MORE
Amid U.S. measles outbreak, who needs an additional dose of the vaccine?
The United States is in the midst of its largest measles outbreak in 25 years, with the disease mainly hitting people who have failed to receive the recommended two doses of the live measles vaccine. | READ MORE
Medical College of Georgia changes aim to get more doctors to rural areas
The Augusta Chronicle
In order to get more doctors to rural underserved areas of Georgia, the Medical College of Georgia is looking to shorten their time in school, get them into primary care and offer tuition forgiveness if they practice at least six years in one of those areas. | READ MORE
The expenses in the medical school application process can add up
AMA Wire
Medical school can come with a hefty price tag, but it’s an investment in your future. The same can be said about the process of applying to medical school. | READ MORE
Heart failure deaths on the rise in younger US adults, researchers say
A recent decline in heart failure-related deaths in the United States has reversed, and those types of deaths are now climbing nationwide, especially among adults ages 35 to 64. | READ MORE
Will Georgia’s new dyslexia mandate make a difference?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Gov. Brian Kemp’s signature on legislation that forces schools to get serious about a baffling reading problem could improve dismal literacy rates. | READ MORE
CBO: 7 million more uninsured after ObamaCare mandate repeal
The Hill
The repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate will result in 7 million more people without health insurance by 2021, according to new estimates from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). | READ MORE
Georgia [Gov. Brian Kemp] signs a controversial abortion bill into law
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday signed a bill that would ban abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected -- a law that the American Civil Liberties Union says it will challenge in court. READ MORE
Addiction medicine mostly prescribed to whites, even as opioid deaths rose among blacks
Kaiser Health News
White drug users addicted to heroin, fentanyl and other opioids have had near-exclusive access to buprenorphine, a drug that curbs the craving for opioids and reduces the chance of a fatal overdose. | READ MORE
Keep bonuses coming for new Medicare models, senators told
MedPage Today
Extending the 5% payment bonus for participating in one of Medicare's new advanced alternative payment models (APMs) would help encourage their adoption, witnesses told the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday, although they had different ideas on how long it should be extended. | READ MORE
Gwinnett Medical Center participating in collaboration to improve postpartum hemorrhaging statistics
Gwinnett Daily Post
Though Georgia's postpartum hemorrhage statistics are concerning, several dozen hospitals across the state are working to lower those numbers — and one local hospital is succeeding. | READ MORE
Many ob-gyn residents miss out on trans care instruction
UW Medicine
Barely half of U.S. obstetrics-gynecology residency programs offer instruction about transgender medicine, according to UW Medicine research published recently in Obstetrics and Gynecology. | READ MORE
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