MAY 10, 2018
ER doctors launch video campaign against Anthem’s ER policy (features MAG members)
Last summer, Anthem’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia changed its emergency room policy to stop covering trips to the ER it deems unnecessary. As the insurer has been expanding the policy in other states, a group of ER doctors has launched a video campaign against the policy. READ MORE
Patients outraged by Anthem ER visit policy change
This week The American College of Emergency Physicians put out a series of videos criticizing Anthem Healthcare for scaling back it's emergency room coverage. | READ MORE
Governor [Deal] vetoes Senate bill for new health policy chief and innovation council
Georgia Health News
Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have created a state health policy director and a council to develop a “strategic vision’’ for Georgia health care. | READ MORE
Georgia’s health system ranks 40th in national scorecard
Georgia Health News
Georgia improved by one spot, reaching No. 40 in an annual ranking of states’ health systems, released Thursday. | READ MORE
Obamacare premiums to surge next year, early requests show
The first glimpse of what health-insurance companies plan to charge for Obamacare plans next year suggests there’s no relief ahead for consumers saddled with high premiums. | READ MORE
Obamacare menu labeling rules ushered in
Kaiser Health News
President Donald Trump has found one part of the federal health law palatable: He’s allowing Obamacare rules that require chain restaurants to post calorie counts to go into effect Monday. | READ MORE
[President] Trump officials say no to lifetime limits on Medicaid
CNN Money
On Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services rejected a proposal from Kansas to place a three-year lifetime cap on some adult Medicaid enrollees. Since Medicaid began in 1965, no state has restricted how long beneficiaries could remain in the entitlement program. | READ MORE
Medicare beneficiaries feel the pinch when they can’t use drug coupons
Kaiser Health News
This week, I answered a grab bag of questions about drug copay coupons and primary care coverage on the health insurance marketplace. | READ MORE
Dougherty Commission gets an earful [about proposed hospital in Lee County] from both sides of the creek
Albany Herald
The Dougherty County Commission held an unusual meeting Monday at the Albany-Dougherty Government Center, putting forth a light, three-item agenda in what turned into a de facto public hearing on a proposed 60-bed hospital in Lee County.  | READ MORE
How Walmart's decision to limit opioid prescriptions could affect U.S. drug abuse
Walmart is expanding its Opioid Stewardship Initiative, introducing additional measures this week in an effort to further curb opioid abuse. | READ MORE
Lyme Disease is on the rise again. Here’s how to prevent it
Lyme disease was once unheard of in western Pennsylvania, where Barbara Thorne, now an entomologist at the University of Maryland, spent time as a kid. | READ MORE
Duped patients crowdfund for bogus medical care, study says
The Associated Press
They’re the tech-age version of donor jars at the diner: crowdfunding websites that aim to link ailing people with strangers willing to help pay for medical treatment. But new research suggests duped patients sometimes crowdfund to pay for bogus stem cell treatments. | READ MORE
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