APRIL 27, 2017
Another rural hospital set to close in Georgia
Georgia Health News
Jenkins (County) Medical Center in Millen will close in June, and its services will merge with a hospital in Sylvania in neighboring Screven County, the hospitals’ owner, Optim Health System, said Tuesday. | READ MORE
Ideas and a sense of urgency permeate [Georgia] rural health care symposium
Georgia Health News
For many rural hospitals in Georgia, the threat of closure is constant. The state has one of the highest closure rates for hospitals in the nation, and those numbers do not show any sign of slowing. | READ MORE
HHS, states move to help insurers defray costs of sickest patients
Kaiser Health News
As congressional Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act remain in limbo, the Trump administration and some states are taking steps to help insurers cover the cost of their sickest patients, a move that industry analysts say is critical to keeping premiums affordable for plans sold on the law’s online marketplaces in 2018. | READ MORE
VA limiting new hiring as it aims to widen private care
Associated Press
Despite the lifting of a federal hiring freeze, the Department of Veterans Affairs is leaving thousands of positions unfilled, citing the need for a leaner VA as it develops a longer-term plan to allow more veterans to seek medical care in the private sector. | READ MORE
States bolstering efforts to fight Medicaid waste, fraud in wake of GAO report
Many state Medicaid programs are trying to improve their data analytics and provider education to curb fraud and waste within the program — efforts recently criticized in a federal report — one official said this week. | READ MORE
Marijuana may be a miracle treatment for children with autism
USA Today
When Noa Shulman came home from school, her mother, Yael, sat her down to eat, then spoon-fed her mashed sweet potatoes — mixed with cannabis oil. | READ MORE
[Kapil Sethi, M.D.] receives lifetime achievement award (features MAG member)
Dr. Kapil Sethi, a neurologist and former director of the Movement Disorders Program at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, is the 2017 recipient of the Association of Indian Neurologists in America's Lifetime Achievement Award. | READ MORE
Augusta researcher [Kathryn Bollinger, M.D.] looking into ways to battle glaucoma (features MAG member)
Georgia Health News
Dr. Kathryn Bollinger at AU Medical Center was recently awarded a grant from the American Glaucoma Society to continue her work on promoting inherent protections for the nerve cells in the eye that can become damaged by the disease and lead to blindness. | READ MORE
Lee Medical Center planned to be full-service facility, provide indigent care
Albany Herald
The Lee County Commission meeting on Tuesday evening served as an opportunity for officials to issue the first public statement on Lee County Medical Center since a Certificate of Need letter of intent was filled for the facility last week. | READ MORE
Phoebe Putney Health System generates $1.2 billion economic impact in 2015
Albany Herald
Phoebe Putney Health System generated more than $1.2 billion in revenue for the economy in 2015, a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association, the state’s largest hospital trade association, says. READ MORE
[South Georgia Medical Center] receives prestigious Coverdell Star Award for stroke care
Valdosta Today
The Code Stroke Team at South Georgia Medical Center has received the Hospital STAR Award for 2017 from the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry. | READ MORE
Atlanta health care startup modeled on bitcoin technology
One Atlanta health care technology startup, Patientory, wants to make it easier for patients to access and share their electronic medical records using technology known as blockchain, which is behind the digital currency Bitcoin. | READ MORE
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