MAY 7, 2020
10% of COVID-19 cases in Georgia are among health care workers
Georgia Health News
Ten percent of the people known to have been infected with COVID-19 in Georgia are health care workers, state figures show. READ MORE
A unique perspective on COVID-19 (written by MAG member Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D.)
Insider Advantage
I have an unusual perspective on the COVID-19 virus situation as a physician and as one of the Senators who was infected with the virus. | READ MORE
Georgia put some COVID-19 testing on ‘pause’ to allow labs to catch up, a health official said
The Telegraph
State and private labs in Georgia have more than doubled the total number of coronavirus tests they’ve processed in the last two weeks as officials work to determine just how many people are sick. | READ MORE
Dozens of COVID-19 samples lost, thousands delayed from metro testing sites, investigation finds
Channel 2 Action News has learned that dozens of COVID-19 tests have been lost while the state rushed to process thousands of delayed tests. Now the Governor’s office says it’s looking for more testing resources in response. | READ MORE
U.S. to rein in flood of virus blood tests after lax oversight
Associated Press
U.S. regulators Monday pulled back a decision that allowed scores of coronavirus blood tests to hit the market without first providing proof that they worked. | READ MORE
Coronavirus testing in the U.S. was limited for months because of low Medicare payments
USA Today
The federal Medicare program lowballed payments for a coronavirus lab test early in the outbreak, limiting the number of labs screening Americans for the deadly disease at a time when the nation needed all the tests it could get. | READ MORE
U.S. allows use of 1st drug shown to help virus recovery
Associated Press
U.S. regulators on Friday allowed emergency use of the first drug that appears to help some COVID-19 patients recover faster, a milestone in the global search for effective therapies against the coronavirus. | READ MORE
CMS okays pay parity for telephone visits during COVID-19 crisis
AMA Wire
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) responded to physicians’ concerns and will raise payments for audio-only telephone visits to match rates for office and outpatient visits. | READ MORE
Need help paying for telehealth? $200 million FCC fund could help
AMA Wire
If you are looking for financial assistance in providing telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, a newly created $200 million government program may be able to help defray the costs of continuing to provide care to patients remotely. | READ MORE
Roche wins U.S. nod for COVID-19 antibody test, aims to boost output
Roche has won emergency approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an antibody test to determine whether people have ever been infected with the coronavirus, the Swiss drugmaker said on Sunday. | READ MORE
Nearly a dozen approved drugs could be effective against COVID-19
At least 10 different drug compounds ranging from cancer therapies to antipsychotics and antihistamines may be effective at preventing the new coronavirus from multiplying in the body, according to a multidisciplinary study conducted by a team of scientists in the United States and France. | READ MORE
Most Americans would take coronavirus vaccine if deemed safe: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Three-quarters of Americans would take a coronavirus vaccine after receiving certain assurances that it was safe, and another 9 percent would take one as soon as it was available, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday showed. | READ MORE
Leapfrog safety survey: A quarter of Georgia hospitals get an ‘A’
Georgia Health News
One in four Georgia hospitals received an “A’’ grade in the latest patient safety ratings by the Leapfrog Group. | READ MORE
Georgia Trend's inaugural list of the state's top physicians (includes MAG members)
Georgia Trend
Georgia Trend is excited to offer a new feature this month: the inaugural list of the state’s top physicians. These outstanding practitioners represent 56 specialties – from addiction medicine to vascular surgery – and can be found throughout Georgia, from Gainesville to Dublin, Metro Atlanta to Macon and Thomasville to Brunswick. | READ MORE
Advertise with MAG: Please contact Tom Kornegay at 678.303.9260 or if you are interested in running an ad in the Georgia Pulse, which is a weekly compilation of media reports that are related to health care and the medical profession. It is sent to more than 6,000 physicians in Georgia.
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