APRIL 20, 2017
Two east Cobbers to run for District 32 senate seat (including Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., with references to Roy Daniels, M.D., and Bob Wiskind, M.D.)  
Marietta Daily Journal
Two east Cobb women, a Democrat and a Republican, will face off in a runoff to decide who will fill the empty District 32 state Senate seat. | READ MORE
[Georgia] hopes to avoid problems with new public benefits system
Georgia Health News
Georgia is rolling out an expensive eligibility determination system for Medicaid, food stamps and other public benefits, with officials hoping to avoid the massive problems with a similar set-up in Rhode Island, operated by the same vendor. | READ MORE
HCA to buy Memorial in a $710 million deal
Georgia Health News
HCA has agreed to acquire Memorial Health’s financially struggling hospital in Savannah in a $710 million deal. READ MORE
Georgia Supreme Court hears arguments in hospital open records case
Savannah Now
Is the nonprofit Northside Hospital Inc. subject to the state’s open records law? | READ MORE
Georgia hospitals contribute $47.8 billion to state economy, directly and indirectly support jobs
Healthcare Finance
Hospitals played a huge role in bolstering Georgia's economic health by pumping nearly $47.8 billion into the state's economy in 2015, according to a recently released report by the Georgia Hospital Association. The findings also revealed that hospitals supplied more than 141,000 full-time jobs and indirectly created nearly 344,000 jobs in the state. | READ MORE
Ballooning bills: More U.S. hospitals pushing patients to pay before care
Reuters
Last year, the Henry County Health Center in Iowa started providing patients with a cost estimate along with pre-surgery medical advice. | READ MORE
Secret data on hospital inspections may soon become public
NPR
The public could soon get a look at confidential reports about errors, mishaps and mix-ups in the nation's hospitals that put patients' health and safety at risk, under a groundbreaking proposal from federal health officials. | READ MORE
Lee County hospital files CON letter of intent
Albany Herald
Officials with the Georgia Department of Community Health’s Office of Health Planning acknowledged Tuesday that they had received a formal letter of intent from the Lee County Medical Center to file a Certificate of Need application to establish a new hospital in the county. | READ MORE
Some vets can go to CVS 'MinuteClinics' for minor illnesses
Associated Press
Some ailing veterans can now use their federal health care benefits at CVS "MinuteClinics" to treat minor illnesses and injuries, under a pilot program announced Tuesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs. READ MORE
Yelp reviews prove a reliable tool for determining hospital quality, New York State Health Foundation study says
Healthcare Finance
As online tools like Yelp become increasingly popular with consumers looking for information about doctors and hospitals, a study sponsored by the New York State Health Foundation showed yelp ratings were a clear and reliable tool for determining hospital quality as defined by potentially preventable readmissions rates. | READ MORE
Can we tax away the opioid crisis?
Kaiser Health News
California lawmakers this month will consider legislation that would impose a tax on prescription opioids such as OxyContin and Norco to raise money for addiction treatment and prevention programs. | READ MORE
Trump group’s ads bolstering GOP Obamacare repeal drive
The New York Times
A pro-Trump group is airing ads in a dozen Republican-held House districts aimed at drumming up support for the White House's wounded drive to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. | READ MORE
Atlanta IT firm targeting health care fraud plots
Georgia Health News
Health care fraud is estimated to cost the nation at least $68 billion annually — with some estimates at $230 billion or more. | READ MORE
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