JULY 19, 2018
Physicians groups sue over Blue Cross denial of some ER claims (features MAG)
Georgia Health News
Two physicians organizations filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia and its parent company over the insurer’s emergency room payment policy, calling it “dangerous." READ MORE
Anthem sued by doctors in dispute over emergency-room coverage (features MAG)
The health insurer Anthem Inc. was sued by doctors in Georgia for declining to pay for some emergency-room care, escalating a long-running battle over how far insurance plans can go to push patients to seek lower-cost treatment. | READ MORE
[Sen.] McCaskill report on Anthem ER policy shows thousands of denied claims, poorly enacted policy
Sen. Claire McCaskill
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill today released a report on Anthem’s policy of denying emergency room claims for patient care in Missouri, Georgia, and Kentucky that the company later deems non-emergent. | READ MORE
New law on ‘virtual credit cards’ preserves pay options for providers (mentions MAG)
Georgia Health News
The term “virtual credit cards’’ sounds like some futuristic version of the typical plastic. | READ MORE
CMS proposes historic changes to modernize Medicare and restore the doctor-patient relationship
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed historic changes that would increase the amount of time that doctors and other clinicians can spend with their patients by reducing the burden of paperwork that clinicians face when billing Medicare. | READ MORE
FDA recall: Ingredient in certain blood pressure medicines could cause cancer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a voluntary recall of several medicines containing the active ingredient valsartan. | READ MORE
Retooled vaccine raises hopes as a lower-cost treatment for Type 1 Diabetes
Kaiser Health News
For Hodalis Gaytan, 20, living with Type 1 diabetes means depending on an assortment of expensive medicines and devices to stay healthy. Test strips. Needles. A glucose meter. Insulin. | READ MORE
Insurers fall short in catching and reporting Medicaid fraud, inspectors find
Kaiser Health News
Despite receiving billions of dollars in taxpayer money, Medicaid insurers are lax in ferreting out fraud and neglect to tell states about unscrupulous medical providers, according to a federal report released Thursday. | READ MORE
Doctors, hospitals sue patients who post negative comments, reviews on social media
USA Today
Retired Air Force Colonel David Antoon agreed to pay $100 to settle what were felony charges for emailing his former Cleveland Clinic surgeon articles the doctor found threatening and posting a list on Yelp of all the surgeries the urologist had scheduled at the same time as the one that left Antoon incontinent and impotent a decade ago. | READ MORE
Deputies recognized for lifesaving in Sheriff’s Office Project DAN (mentions MAG)
Calhoun Times
Since 2016, the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office has participated in “Project DAN (Deaths Avoided by Naloxone).” The program is administered by the Medical Association of Georgia in response to the nationwide opioid epidemic.  | READ MORE
Several health departments in coastal Georgia offering free back to school health screenings
The Chatham County Health Department is helping families get ready for the upcoming school year by offering free health screenings for students. | READ MORE
Mobile health clinic serves communities in Athens
UGA Today
For one young man, the visit was preventive. He knew high blood pressure ran in his family, so he went to have his checked. | READ MORE
Ameris gives $800,000 for rural hospitals
The Moultrie Observer 
As part of the Georgia HEART Hospital Program, Ameris Bank is supplying $800,000 of financial support to seven rural hospitals located within the bank’s footprint in Georgia. | READ MORE
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