SEPTEMBER 27, 2018
Medicaid expansion [in Georgia] would benefit rural areas the most, report says
Georgia Health News
The potential impact from Medicaid expansion would be bigger in rural Georgia than in urban areas of the state, according to a new report released Tuesday. READ MORE
Will feds beat Georgia to an answer on surprise medical billing?
Georgia Health News
The legislative effort to end surprise medical bills has repeatedly led to stalemates – and frustration – at the Georgia General Assembly. | READ MORE
How Georgia’s next governor can make quick progress in improving health: Part 1
Health Affairs
Based on factors such as fiscal soundness, growth in investment capital and infrastructure, and workforce capabilities, recent surveys have ranked Georgia as a top state for business. Conspicuously absent from these survey criteria has been the state’s relatively poor standing in terms of health, a key driver of productivity, which has been linked to business financial performance. | READ MORE
CON laws: They spark constant fights, but will they be changed?
Georgia Health News
Four years ago, a sports medicine group began a quest to build a surgery and training center in Alpharetta, in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. | READ MORE
Members move medicine: Standing tall and telling truths (features MAG member and AMA president-elect Patrice A. Harris, M.D.)
AMA Wire
The AMA “Members Move Medicine” series profiles a wide variety of doctors, offering a glimpse into the passions of women and men navigating new courses in American medicine. | READ MORE
Half of U.S. doctors have pay tied to 'value-based metrics'
Forbes
Nearly half of the nation’s physicians report compensation tied to “value-based metrics” as fee-for-service medicine gives way to alternative payment models that link pay to quality and health outcomes, according to a new survey. | READ MORE
Opioid [misuse] fight needs better physician payment, education
MedPage Today
Despite numerous barriers to expanding access to treatment for opioid use disorders, bright spots are emerging, said clinicians, government officials, and policy experts at a workshop here. | READ MORE
More doctors say men should think twice about prostate cancer screening
Reuters
Most men shouldn’t get routine prostate cancer screening because the potential benefits are small and there are clear harms, an international panel of experts concludes. | READ MORE
Antibiotics for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed
Associated Press
When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen’s abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she’d be quickly wheeled into surgery. But doctors offered her the option of antibiotics instead. | READ MORE
How expensive is it to interview for medical residency?
AMA Wire
September marks the beginning of the 2019 residency application cycle. Yes, after much research, prospective 2019 medical school graduates can finally begin applying to residency programs through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). The time- and cash-consuming application process, however, is far from over. | READ MORE
Flu shots for 2018-19 season now available in southwest Georgia
Albany Herald
Six Albany physicians rolled up their sleeves at the Dougherty County Health Department Tuesday to get their flu shots, in turn encouraging the public to get protected against seasonal flu. | READ MORE
Columbia County diverse and among the healthiest, according to analysis
The Augusta Chronicle
Columbia County is bucking a trend nationwide that found higher minority populations were associated with worst health outcomes. The county has a higher than average minority population and is still among the healthiest counties, according to a study by Aetna Foundation and U.S. News and World Report. | READ MORE
Georgia’s efforts to fix mental health system fall short, monitor says
Atlanta Journal Constitution
For nearly a decade, Georgia has operated its mental health care system under federal supervision. It has shut down decrepit psychiatric hospitals and moved hundreds of disabled people out of institutions where they had languished for decades. It has spent millions of dollars on services that had been perpetually underfunded. | READ MORE
Experimental 3D-printed splints used in baby’s 10-hour surgery at CHOA
Atlanta Journal Constitution
A baby boy born with fragile airways is doing better after experimental 3D-printed splints were placed in his body during surgery. | READ MORE
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