OCTOBER 17, 2019
[Georgia] waiver proposal coming soon; hospital transparency rules unveiled
Georgia Health News
State officials are expected to have at least one health care waiver proposal ready for an agency board to consider in early November. READ MORE
Georgia declines in health ranking for women and children
Georgia Health News
A recent report ranks Georgia 40th among states on the health of women and children, down three spots from its 2018 ranking. | READ MORE
To save rural hospitals, Georgia requires classes for CEOs
Associated Press
Alarmed by a rash of recent hospital closings, Georgia lawmakers are now requiring executives and board members at almost all the state’s rural hospitals to receive training on subjects like financial management and strategic planning to improve their decision making and avoid missteps that can precipitate their hospitals’ decline. | READ MORE
CDC issues new guidance for doctors treating vaping-related illnesses
The Hill
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance Friday for clinicians whose patients might have lung illnesses related to vaping. | READ MORE
HHS gives physicians guidance on tapering patients off opioids
Modern Healthcare
HHS is publishing information to educate clinicians on how to appropriately taper long-term opioid users off their medications, saying it wants to clarify 'misinterpretations' about previous prescribing guidelines that led some providers to abruptly stop opioid treatments. | READ MORE
U.S. Surgeon General commends Macon for working together to fight against the opioid epidemic
The Telegraph
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams told an auditorium full of doctors, nurses and other medical providers at The Medical Center, Navicent Health Tuesday morning that there are solutions to the nation’s opioid addiction. | READ MORE
Atlanta veterans’ hospital suspends routine surgeries amid problems
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center has sharply reduced surgeries as it overhauls operations, the latest sign of significant troubles at the hospital for the area’s military veterans. | READ MORE
Why are Columbus babies dying? One in 5 child deaths linked to co-sleeping, review finds
The Muscogee County’s Child Fatality Review Committee [has] found an alarming portion of the 2018 [child death] fatalities were “Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths” (SUIDs) associated with “co-sleeping.” | READ MORE
Northside Hospital plans new medical facility near Mall of Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Northside Hospital wants to build two 100,000-square-foot buildings near the Mall of Georgia, according to documents filed with Gwinnett County. | READ MORE
These telemedicine doctors are getting licenses in all 50 states to treat patients in most remote areas
Telemedicine, which involves medical consults via the web and smartphone apps, requires that doctors have licenses to treat patients wherever they are, not just in a single location. | READ MORE
CBD oil as medicine: The promise and the risks
Georgia Health News
When it comes to hemp and cannabis, there is much confusion among the public about labels, because of how science and the law define these substances. For the average person, it’s almost like having too many cousins with the same first name. | READ MORE
US 'medical tourists' seek cheap health care abroad
Medical Xpress
Each year, an estimated 20 million "medical tourists" seek treatment around the world, according to Patients Beyond Borders. About 1.9 million of those people are Americans. | READ MORE
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