FEBRUARY 20, 2020
It’s time for tort reform in Georgia (by MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D.)
Georgia Health News
[MAG] is part of a diverse coalition that is calling for lawmakers to once again reform the state’s tort system to avert a crisis that could force physicians here to cut back on high-risk services, or relocate elsewhere, or simply retire because they won’t be able to afford or obtain medical malpractice insurance. READ MORE
Georgia female doctors lead the charge for better health care (features MAG members)
GPB News
Three of the country’s leading medical organizations are run by Georgian women who say they hope to focus efforts – at national levels – around improving health care in rural communities, which is a leading health care concern in Georgia. | READ MORE
New taxes, regulations proposed for vape sales in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Parents and medical professionals urged state lawmakers Wednesday to pass a bill they say would discourage teens from vaping, while vape shop owners said the bill would hurt people who use the products to help them quit smoking cigarettes. | READ MORE
Health companies apply to open free-standing ERs in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Free-standing emergency rooms may be coming to Georgia patients. Four hospitals – three owned by a private company and one nonprofit hospital – have told the state Department of Community Health that they’d like to set up one or more of the facilities. | READ MORE
Amid coronavirus fears, a second wave of flu hits U.S. kids
Associated Press
A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade. | READ MORE
Senate bill would raise fines for Georgia seat belt violations
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A state Senate committee unveiled legislation Wednesday that would raise the fines for seat belt violations and require everyone in a passenger vehicle to buckle up. | READ MORE
Mental health advocates say cuts to state safety net are deadly serious
Georgia Recorder
Officials in charge of Georgia’s mental health safety net offered dire predictions after the governor ordered nearly all state agencies to slash spending. People suffering from mental illnesses would land in the emergency room, they said. And more people contemplating suicide would act on those impulses. | READ MORE
Cancer: The good news behind the bad news (features MAG member Len Lichtenfeld, M.D.)
The American Cancer Society says the U.S. has just recorded the largest drop in cancer death rates ever. These figures are just the latest in a nearly three-decade decline in the cancer death rate, which accounts for nearly three million fewer deaths since 1991. | READ MORE
Marietta sues drug company over medicine that went from $40 to $39,000
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The city of Marietta has filed a class action lawsuit against a drug company after the price of a decades-old medicine went from $40 a vial to more than $39,000. | READ MORE
Test at controversial medical sterilization site in Cobb is scrapped
Georgia Health News
A medical sterilizing facility in Cobb County, closed for months over concerns about toxic pollution, was planning to test new equipment Thursday in the company’s bid to reopen the site. But that testing won’t take place. | READ MORE
One Georgia hospital ranks in country’s top 50, according to Healthgrades
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
One Georgia hospital has been named a top 50 facility in the United States. When the scores were tallied, Piedmont Fayette Hospital finished in the top 50, representing the top 1% of facilities in the country... | READ MORE
53% of execs say health care leads artificial intelligence adoption
Health IT Analytics
Fifty-three percent of healthcare executives say that the health care industry is ahead of most other industries in artificial intelligence adoption, according to a survey from KPMG. | READ MORE
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