NOVEMBER 12, 2020
Nurse practitioners challenge AMA on practice authority, care access (mentions MAG)
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners has published an open letter to the American Medical Association, lambasting the group for its stance on nurse practitioner practice authority and how it can affect high-quality patient care access. READ MORE
Justices’ remarks signal ACA may survive latest legal challenge
Georgia Health News
It’s perilous to predict a court or jury decision based on the arguments presented. But supporters of the Affordable Care Act will be heartened by the comments of two Supreme Court justices Tuesday during oral arguments on the bid by several states to overturn the 2010 law. | READ MORE
Doctor sues MagMutual for bad faith after default judgment forces settlement (free subscription required)
An Augusta, Georgia, physician has sued MagMutual Insurance over claims the insurer failed to respond to a medical malpractice action, resulting in his being declared in default and forced into a settlement “so high that it implies egregious malpractice on the part” of the plaintiff, Dr. Ganesha Perera. | READ MORE
Georgia short of intensive care nurses as winter threatens surge of coronavirus cases
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As Georgia braces for a cold-weather coronavirus surge that could collide with the flu and send patients flooding into hospitals, facilities across the state are worried they don’t have enough nurses to treat their sickest patients. | READ MORE
[Georgia’s] rapid test results add to alarming rise in COVID cases
Georgia Health News
New COVID-19 cases in Georgia jumped by more than 4,500 on Tuesday, the highest daily increase reported in months. Most of the new cases came from rapid antigen tests. About 1,000 of those positives, though, were part of a “data dump’’ of cases from October, state officials said. | READ MORE
Pfizer’s early data shows vaccine is more than 90% effective
The New York Times
The drug maker Pfizer announced on Monday that an early analysis of its coronavirus vaccine trial suggested the vaccine was robustly effective in preventing COVID-19, a promising development as the world has waited anxiously for any positive news about a pandemic that has killed more than 1.2 million people. | READ MORE
CPT codes for new coronavirus vaccines: What you need to know
AMA Wire
The AMA has published an update to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set that includes new vaccine-specific codes to report immunizations for the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. | READ MORE
Notice of DCEs participating in the implementation period of the direct contracting model
CMS Press Release
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is excited to announce that 51 Direct Contracting Entities are participating in the implementation period of the Direct Contracting Model for Global and Professional Options, which runs from October 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021. | READ MORE
How 2021 E/M coding changes will reshape the physician note
AMA Wire
Changes to the code descriptors and guidelines for evaluation and management services delivered during office visits and other outpatient encounters provide an opportunity to rethink outpatient documentation while reducing physician burnout. | READ MORE
What doctors can do to thwart cybercriminals as 2020 closes
AMA Wire
A resurgence of COVID-19 combined with the flu season will add up to a growing reliance on digital tools in an effort to provide patients care while letting them stay in their homes. | READ MORE
Most Georgia hospitals getting penalized for readmissions
Georgia Health News
More than 80 Georgia hospitals will receive lower reimbursements from Medicare because of their high rates of patient readmissions. | READ MORE
LGBTQ youths struggle with mental health issues, survey finds
Georgia Health News
LGBTQ individuals – those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer – often face challenges such as disproportionately high rates of substance abuse and mental health conditions. | READ MORE
Top language, care access barriers for Spanish-speaking patients
Patients with limited to no English language proficiency face all the same care access barriers their English-speaking counterparts do, but they must also contend with the added layer of language barriers, according to a study in Academic Pediatrics. | READ MORE
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