MAY 25, 2017
Blue Cross signals it’s sticking with Georgia exchange for ’18
Georgia Health News
Some of the uncertainty over Georgia’s health insurance exchange lifted this week with the state’s biggest insurer filing proposed rates for the 2018 marketplace. | READ MORE
Maverick on CON laws quits board of hospital association
Georgia Health News
The continual combat over the state’s health facility licensure program has claimed another casualty. This time, it involves a board member of the state’s biggest hospital organization. | READ MORE
[Georgia] AG Carr backs wider view of records in hospital court case
Georgia Health News
The state’s attorney general has urged the Georgia Supreme Court to reverse a lower court opinion that barred access to Northside Hospital’s financial records. | READ MORE
Parkinson’s disease researcher receives neurologists’ association’s Lifetime Achievement Award (features MAG member)
The Association of Indian Neurologists in America named Dr. Kapil Sethi its 2017 recipient of the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. | READ MORE
Doctor’s column: A little ‘media’ goes a long way (features MAG member) 
Georgia Pulse
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines for parents on use of media (TVs, computers, smartphones) by infants and toddlers. | READ MORE
Poll: Doctors are still prescribing lots of opioids for low back pain
More than half of people say they've suffered lower back pain in the past year, according to the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll. | READ MORE
Troup County sheriff’s deputies and jail staff to be equipped with opioid antagonist (features the MAG Foundation)
Thanks to the Medical Association of Georgia, Troup County Sheriff’s Deputies and jail staff will be equipped with Narcan, a drug that reverses an opioid overdose. | READ MORE
Old attitudes still cast shadow over fight against HIV
Georgia Health News
The stigma surrounding HIV persists in the largely rural, mountainous area that stretches from the Tennessee line and winds down to the northwest Atlanta suburbs. | READ MORE
Zika hit Florida months before infections found, study says
Associated Press
Zika began spreading in Florida mosquitoes about three months before infections showed up in the Miami area last summer, and the virus likely was carried in by travelers from the Caribbean, new research suggests. | READ MORE
Nashville health care company buys [Gwinnett Emergency Specialists]
Atlanta Business Chronicle
Envision Healthcare Corp., the company that was formed late last year by the merger of Nashville-based AmSurg Corp. and Colorado-based Envision Healthcare Holdings Inc., has bought an emergency medicine physician group based in Georgia. | READ MORE
Student’s cannabis oil causes problem at Houston County school
CJ is the first medical marijuana patient at a Houston County school since state Rep. Allen Peake of Macon introduced a law in 2015 that established a state medical marijuana registry that is limited to people with specific diseases.  READ MORE
Clark Howard says near-fatal disease possibly caused by popular antibiotic
Consumer adviser Clark Howard is speaking out about the mysterious sudden illness that threatened his life. | READ MORE
Not just a school clinic, but a clinic that’s at a school
Georgia Pulse
Five days a week, a team of nurses and a rotating cadre of pediatricians, nutritionists and dentists at the Gilbert Community Clinic see not just schoolchildren but Walker County residents of all ages. | READ MORE
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