OCTOBER 4, 2018
Physicians say BCBS of Georgia has denied hundreds of patients' ER claims (features MAG president Frank McDonald, M.D., M.B.A., and MAG member John Rogers, M.D.)
Becker's Hospital Review
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia's discretionary emergency room policy is landing hundreds of patients with denied claims after the insurer decided their care could be performed outside the ER, according to physicians who testified during a Sept. 27 hearing. READ MORE
Kaiser again rated top health plan in Georgia
Georgia Health News
Kaiser Permanente has again been rated the top commercial health plan in Georgia by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. | READ MORE
Georgia gets ‘D’ on handling mental health, addiction like other medical issues, report says
Georgia Health News
Georgia was graded “D’’ on ensuring access to mental health and addiction treatment equal to that for physical illnesses, according to a report released Wednesday. | READ MORE
Many Georgia kids face barriers to health insurance, medical care
Georgia Health News
More than 80 percent of uninsured Georgia children were eligible for coverage in government health insurance programs in 2016, but were not enrolled, a new report says. | READ MORE
Savannah’s Memorial hospital no longer part of Blue Cross Blue Shield network
Savannah Now
As of Oct. 1 the Hospital Corporation of America, which owns Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, is no longer an in-network care provider with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, according to notice posted on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGa) website. | READ MORE
Gwinnett Medical Center reports 'security incident' involving hospital data
11 Alive News
Gwinnett Medical Center has brought in experts to investigate what it describes as a "security incident" involving patient information. | READ MORE
Senate clears final opioid package for [President] Trump's signature
The Senate voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to pass a wide-ranging opioid package, clearing the path for President Donald Trump to sign the measure into law. | READ MORE
Patients give doctors high marks for prescribing antibiotics for common sniffles
When they're sick, Americans seem to know what they want: antibiotics. And if they don't get them, their doctors' reputations may suffer. | READ MORE
Medicare upgrades its website ahead of sign-up season
Associated Press
Approaching annual sign-up season, Medicare is modernizing its website to make it more useful for beneficiaries already accustomed to searching online for insurers, hospitals and doctors, officials announced on Monday. | READ MORE
IMGs: These 4 tips can help you succeed with match
AMA Wire
The body of working physicians in the United States is composed of doctors who come from all over the world and train all over the world. About a quarter of physicians practicing in the U.S. graduated from international medical schools, according to 2015 data from the Association of American Medical Colleges. | READ MORE
Choosing a medical specialty: 4 questions to help get you started
AMA Wire
As a medical student pondering your future as a physician, there are many key considerations in choosing a medical specialty to pursue. The most obvious move—particularly considering the $100,000-plus loan debts most medical students accumulate—may be to go straight to a list of the highest-paid medical specialties and proceed from there. | READ MORE
Minority doctors in U.S. residency programs routinely face racism
Minority doctors in training routinely deal with bias, sometimes subtle, sometimes not so subtle, a new study suggests. | READ MORE
There’s gender bias in medical research. Here are 3 keys to fix it.
AMA Wire
Not enough women are included in medical research. And while progress has been made, there are still challenges to fully recognizing both sex and gender factors that contribute to our knowledge of health and diseases. Two experts on the problem lay out how gender bias affects research and how to overcome it. | READ MORE
Business degree increasingly useful for doctors
Medical Xpress
Having a Master of Business Administration degree (M.B.A.) can help doctors with important, practice-related decisions, according to a report published recently in Physician Practice. | READ MORE
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