JUNE 13, 2019
New AMA president [and MAG member Patrice Harris, M.D.]: Time for physicians to create history together
AMA Wire
Moments after being sworn in as the AMA’s 174th president, Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, reflected on a career and life journey that she called an “unlikely” one. READ MORE
Highlights from the 2019 AMA Annual Meeting
AMA Wire
Catch up with the news and other key moments from the AMA House of Delegates’ meeting in Chicago. The 2019 AMA Annual Meeting wrapped up on June 12. | READ MORE
Doraville police chief to replace indicted Georgia [insurance] commissioner
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Gov. Brian Kemp didn’t pick anyone from Georgia’s insurance industry or one of the usual partisans to replace suspended Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck a month after he was indicted by the federal goverment. | READ MORE
Stahl picked to head Anthem plan in Georgia
Georgia Health News
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced Wednesday that Pam Stahl has been named president of the Georgia health plan. | READ MORE
Georgia is cutting off Medicaid for 17,000 patients
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The state is terminating Medicaid assistance for about 17,000 poor elderly or disabled Georgians, it says, as lawyers for some of them call the move a giant mistake. | READ MORE
Speaker Ralston names maternal mortality study group (mentions MAG)
Daily Report
The impassioned debate over the abortion ban the Georgia General Assembly passed this year pulled the curtain off one inarguable fact that disturbed both sides: Georgia leads the country in maternal mortality. | READ MORE
Georgia joins legal fight over association health plans
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
State Attorney General Chris Carr has joined a legal push to allow more health plans that are exempt from Affordable Care Act requirements. | READ MORE
PAs, nurse practitioners could get expanded roles in Georgia
Rome News-Tribune
Two legislative study committees will examine the roles of physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses with an eye to possibly expanding them next year. | READ MORE
Doctors make progress on opioids, call on policymakers to do more
AMA Wire
The number and strength of opioids prescribed by physicians has fallen for the fifth year in a row.  | READ MORE
Backer of Georgia abortion bill [Sen. Renee Unterman] announces bid for Congress
Associated Press
When Gov. Brian Kemp signed Georgia’s “heartbeat” abortion ban into law on May 7, one of the most high-profile women by his side was Republican state Sen. Renee Unterman, who proudly donned a baseball cap reading “PRO LIFE.” | READ MORE
Roche's combo lymphoma treatment wins U.S. FDA approval
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted earlier-than-expected approval to Roche Holding AG’s antibody-drug conjugate Polivy for treatment of patients with advanced lymphoma. | READ MORE
U.S. aims to help more cancer patients try experimental drugs
Thousands of gravely ill cancer patients each year seek “compassionate use” access to treatments that are not yet on the market but have shown some promise in early testing and aren’t available to them through a study. | READ MORE
Daily HIV prevention pill urged for healthy people at risk
Associated Press
Doctors should offer a daily HIV prevention pill to healthy people who are at high risk of getting infected with the virus, an influential health care panel recommended Tuesday. | READ MORE
Phoebe Putney Health System named one of Georgia's best employers
Albany Herald
Phoebe Putney Health System is already known as one of the largest employers in southwest Georgia, but the health system has now been named one of the entire state’s best employers in a list by Forbes. | READ MORE
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