JULY 13, 2017
New Senate bill retains Medicaid cuts, provides more money to stabilize individual market
Modern Healthcare
A revised version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act retains significant cuts to Medicaid, despite the protest— and defection—of Republican centrists. | READ MORE
Study finds doctors differ on government monitoring of opioids (features MAG’s president)
Georgia Health News
Physicians who work in emergency rooms generally are more supportive of prescription monitoring programs than doctors in other specialties, a new Georgia State University study reports. | READ MORE
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia president discusses new ER policy 
Georgia's largest health insurance company, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, has started a new rule:  it will deny coverage to individual policyholders for emergency room visits the company deems to be unnecessary. | READ MORE
Medical Minute: Blue Cross of Georgia’s new emergency room policy 
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia is enacting a radical new policy on emergency room visits to contain costs. | READ MORE
Blue Cross, other insurers seeking big premium hikes
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s largest health insurer is requesting an average premium increase of 40 percent for individual coverage in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchange next year. | READ MORE
Medicaid adjustment benefit? Bill could give break to Georgia
Georgia Health News
Tucked inside the U.S. Senate health care bill is a little-discussed provision that could benefit Georgia, according to a conservative organization. | READ MORE
[Georgia’s] Public Health chief picked to run CDC
Georgia Health News
The Trump administration has named Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, as the new director of the Atlanta-based CDC. | READ MORE
Dr. Rob Schreiner tapped to lead WellStar Medical Group
Modern Healthcare
WellStar Health System has named Dr. Rob Schreiner executive vice president and president of WellStar Medical Group. | READ MORE
Health care bill: Time for retain, repair and revise [by former U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey, M.D.]
The District Policy Group
Before I was an elected official, I was a physician. Over 27 years in private practice as an OB/GYN, I delivered more than 5,000 babies. Along the way, I’ve had to weigh risks and make tough decisions in the best interests of my patients and their children. | READ MORE
Richmond County Medical Society unveiling new drug drop-box with hope of saving lives (features MAG member)
Opioid drug addiction and overdoses have become an epidemic across the country over the last decade with more than 20,000 drug overdose deaths in 2015 alone. | READ MORE
St. Francis Hospital confirms restructuring will eliminate more jobs
St. Francis Hospital is in the process of laying off 55 employees, a hospital administrator confirmed Tuesday morning. | READ MORE
8 Georgia hospitals, hospital systems named the most ‘wired’ or technologically advanced in the nation
Significant investments in technology have helped advance health care when it comes to improving efficiency, safety, quality and more. | READ MORE
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