MARCH 16, 2017
How a Medicaid pay gap frustrates Georgia doctors
Georgia Health News
Dr. Raj Miniyar, a Rome pediatrician, opened a new practice in nearby Trion a year ago. That office became the only pediatric practice in Trion, in the center of a rural county in northwest Georgia where 28 percent of children live in poverty. | READ MORE
[Sports] Team doctor…bill closer to becoming law (mentions MAG)
Northwest Georgia News
Allowing physicians for visiting sports teams to legally treat athletes in Georgia without a state license took a step forward on Wednesday, with the House voting 169-0 in favor of Senate Bill 47. | READ MORE
Gov. Deal supports alternative to ACA…if it’s fair to Georgia
Georgia Health News
Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday that he supports congressional Republicans’ effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but also said he wants more details on the GOP plan to replace the law – and its potential effects on Georgia. | READ MORE
HHS Sec. vows GOP health care bill is 'so much better' than Obamacare
Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price -- a former congressman and a longtime critic of Obamacare — forcefully defended the House Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare on Wednesday night, even as the legislation continues to face fierce backlash and bleed support. | READ MORE
Feds look at ACA provision as possible way to lower premiums
Georgia Health News
The head of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price of Georgia, said Monday in a statement that a provision of the Affordable Care Act allows waivers “to modify existing laws or create something entirely new to meet the unique needs of their communities.” | READ MORE
Opinion: 24 million to ‘lose’ insurance? Not so fast
How to explain the projection that 24 million Americans would become uninsured if the House GOP’s heath-care plan becomes law? Easy: Garbage in, garbage out. | READ MORE
Who’s who in the race to fill the state Senate seat in east Cobb (mentions MAG member Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D.)
Tom Price’s ascension from congressman to health and human services secretary set off a domino effect that’s playing out most prominently in Cobb and Fulton counties. | READ MORE
As drug costs rise, cancer patients delay, skip treatments
Georgia Health News
Hundreds of thousands of cancer patients are delaying care, cutting their pills in half or skipping drug treatment entirely, a Kaiser Health News examination shows. | READ MORE
U.S. doctors in training to work longer hours under new guidelines
Days may get a lot longer for some doctors in training after the group that oversees medical education in the United States rolled back controversial rules limiting the number of hours first-year residents may work. | READ MORE
Should newborns be screened for Krabbe disease?
Georgia Health News
In Krabbe (pronounced crab-ay), the body fails to produce enough of an enzyme that’s key to wrapping protective insulation called myelin around nerves. | READ MORE
Bacon, soda & too few nuts tied to big portion of U.S. deaths
Associated Press
Gorging on bacon, skimping on nuts? These are among food habits that new research links with deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes. | READ MORE
Deadly fungal infection sneaks into US
A deadly fungal infection has emerged in the U.S. after health officials warned American doctor’s to beware of this spreading pathogen. | READ MORE
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