AUGUST 9, 2018
Criticism persists as Blue Cross Blue Shield implements emergency care policy changes (mentions MAG) 
Rivard Report
A change by the state’s largest medical insurer to the claims review process for emergency-room visits is drawing criticism from the Texas Medical Association and emergency-room physicians. READ MORE
American Medical Association opposes merger of CVS and Aetna
The American Medical Association, which represents U.S. physicians, urged the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday to stop CVS Health Corp’s plan to buy insurance provider Aetna Inc, saying the deal could result in higher prices for prescription medicines. | READ MORE
[Georgia’s] latest health rank is more of the same
Georgia Health News
The best news in Georgia’s latest health care ranking is that monthly insurance premiums in the state are relatively low. READ MORE
WellCare adds Georgia senior medical group to provider network
WellCare of Georgia, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. WCG, +1.66% announced today that Georgia Senior Medical Group (SMG), a subsidiary of Seoul Medical Group, Inc., has joined its Medicare Advantage (MA) provider network, offering WellCare MA members expanded access in the state. | READ MORE
Georgia might allow medical marijuana growing and dispensing
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Patients in Georgia are allowed to consume medical marijuana — if they can find a way to get it. | READ MORE
DPH: Adults need to stay current on their vaccinations too
Rome News-Tribune
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and serves as a reminder that Northwest Georgians of all ages require timely vaccinations to protect their health. | READ MORE
Erlanger not appealing decision allowing cancer center to go forward
Rome News-Tribune
Officials with the Erlanger Health System announced today they will not appeal the Georgia Department of Community Health’s decision to grant CHI Memorial Hospital a certificate of need for radiation oncology services in North Georgia. | READ MORE
A Middle Georgia hospital is suing patients for unpaid bills
The Telegraph
When Warner Robins attorney Clifford Carlson started taking debt collection cases, one of his first clients was fighting a civil suit against Houston Healthcare. | READ MORE
Breaking Georgia’s hands-free driving law? Expect a ticket
The grace period is over for people caught violating Georgia’s new hands-free driving law. Local law enforcement agencies are starting to focus on writing tickets. | READ MORE
Doctors reckon with high rate of suicide in their ranks
Kaiser Health News
Alarms go off so frequently in emergency rooms, doctors barely notice. And then a colleague is wheeled in on a gurney, clinging to life, and that alarm becomes a deafening wake-up call. | READ MORE
Morehouse trauma team rewriting medical history
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Dr. Alvin Blount was the first African-American to serve in an integrated MASH unit during the Korean War. Dr. Clinton Battle was just 29 when he delivered conjoined twins without the use of anesthesia at a rural Mississippi home. And Dr. Vance Marchbanks designed an oxygen mask that became standard equipment in aviation and aerospace. | READ MORE
Physicians must meet patients where they are, on social media
Physician's Weekly
It is rare to see evidence-based physicians with significant followings across social media, and that kind of doctor shortage is posing a serious risk to patients’ health. | READ MORE
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