FEBRUARY 16, 2017
Governor [Deal] hails passage of ‘provider fee’ to bolster Medicaid
Georgia Health News
Georgia lawmakers passed major health care legislation Friday, including a bill to plug a $900 million hole in the state Medicaid budget. | READ MORE
Proposal to end ‘surprise’ billing [in Georgia] tied up over payment formula
Georgia Health News
A Senate bill that aims to prevent ‘’surprise’’ medical billing remains stalled. The major snag is a lack of agreement on a formula to determine reimbursement rates for doctors, said Sen. Renee Unterman, the bill’s sponsor, at a legislative hearing Tuesday. Unterman, a Republican from Buford, is also a nurse and has been concerned about the problem for a long time. 
Humana withdrawing from Georgia exchange as feds roll out new rules
Georgia Health News
Humana’s planned pullout from Georgia’s insurance exchange at the end of 2017 would subtract yet another health insurer from the state’s marketplace. | READ MORE
White House proposes new rules to steady insurance markets under health law
New York Times
The Trump administration proposed new rules on Wednesday to stabilize health insurance markets roiled by efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, by big increases in premiums and by the exodus of major insurers. | READ MORE
Aetna, Humana drop merger; Cigna wants to end Anthem deal
Health insurers Aetna Inc and Humana Inc walked away from their $34 billion merger on Tuesday and Cigna Corp sought to end its deal with Anthem, shelving the industry consolidation they charted to address former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. | READ MORE
Why the physician workforce needs to be rejuvenated (features The Physicians Foundation president, CEO) 
U.S. physicians continue to struggle to maintain morale levels, adapt to changing delivery and payment models, and provide patients with reasonable access to care. This finding from our biennial physician survey reverberated amongst the members of the Physicians Foundation. | READ MORE
WellCare picks new chief for its Georgia operation
Georgia Health News
WellCare announced Monday that Sonya Nelson is the new president of the health insurer’s Georgia operations. | READ MORE
[HHS Sec.] Price will defer to physicians, says ex-AMA lobbyist who’s known him since ’94
MedCity News
There are plenty of unknowns about newly installed Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price, but two things are pretty clear: He knows the intricacies of the healthcare industry and he is deferential to the role of physicians. | READ MORE
Flu misery continues across [Georgia]
Georgia Health News
State health officials report that flu cases remain widespread in Georgia. The Department of Public Health said that through the week of Jan. 29 through Feb. 4, there had been 376 hospitalizations in metro Atlanta due to influenza so far this season. That’s up from 61 at the same time a year ago. | READ MORE
[John Antalis, M.D.] shaping the medical field in Georgia (features MAG member)
Suwannee Democrat
When the Atlanta Business Chronicle sought to honor the most influential individuals in Georgia health care, it looked toward northwest Georgia. In its recent health-care quarterly, the Chronicle named Dr. John Antalis, of Dalton Family Practice, to its Who's Who in Georgia health care. | READ MORE
University System of Georgia tackles opioid abuse
GPB News
The University System of Georgia is making an antidote for opioid overdoses available on all its campuses. The drug Naloxone can reverse the effects of an overdose on opioids like heroin and fentanyl. | READ MORE
Augusta University gets $9.4 million to study cell death from high blood pressure
Augusta Business Chronicle
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute gave Augusta University researchers $9.4 million to study cell death from high blood pressure. | READ MORE
Children’s Healthcare plans to build large new Atlanta hospital
Georgia Health News
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta announced plans Thursday to build a new pediatric hospital at a prime location along I-85, with a projected construction cost of at least $1 billion. | READ MORE
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