APRIL 23, 2020
872 deaths, 21,512 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A total of 21,512 cases of the new virus have been confirmed across the state, up roughly 4% in the past 24 hours, according to the latest data from the Department of Public Health. READ MORE
Gov. Kemp responds to President Trump’s comments on state reopening plan
Gov. Brian Kemp responded Wednesday night to comments made by President Donald Trump about the state’s plan to start reopening. | READ MORE
Georgia reopening faces testing and contact tracing hurdles
Savannah Now
Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to begin cracking open the Georgia economy faces two major hurdles – the state is struggling to increase testing for new coronavirus infections and boost tracking of those in contact with infected people. | READ MORE
Administration offers plan to cover COVID care for uninsured
Associated Press
The Trump administration announced a plan Wednesday to start paying hospitals and doctors who care for uninsured patients with COVID-19, but Democratic lawmakers and health industry groups are likely to press for more. | READ MORE
CMS guidelines allow some hospitals to return to relative normal
Healthcare Finance
As some areas throughout the country are seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicaid Services is issuing guidance on providing non-COVID-19 care to patients without symptoms in regions with low and stable incidence of the virus. | READ MORE
Georgia's rural hospitals get over $5 million for telehealth, COVID-19 testing
GPB News
Rural hospitals across the country are getting nearly $162 million to fight COVID-19, federal officials said Wednesday. | READ MORE
Emory patients part of drug trial for potential COVID-19 treatment
Georgia Health News
Some Emory patients with COVID-19 are part of a clinical trial of an antiviral drug that has reportedly proved effective among patients in Chicago who have severe illness. | READ MORE
AMA to governors: Physicians need COVID-19 liability protections
AMA Wire
The AMA is calling on governors to protect and expand the physician workforce by adopting protections for physicians who are following COVID-19 guidelines as they now work to provide care under “extreme pressure” and “overwhelming circumstances.” | READ MORE
Rural APRNs fight for practice rights amid pandemic (quotes MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D.)
Rural Health Quarterly
COVID-19 may help all Georgia advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in unexpected and circuitous ways. The newest and deadly coronavirus has changed nearly everything – maybe (just maybe) this scourge will be the beginning of rural Georgia’s APRN transformation. | READ MORE
MAG mourns loss of former president Roy W. Vandiver, M.D.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Roy Wesley Vandiver, 84, of Decatur, GA lost his battle with cancer April 15, 2020. | READ MORE
1/5 of primary care practices could close within next month
Healthcare Dive
One-fifth of primary care practices say they could close within the next month as the coronavirus pandemic continues to slam providers financially, according to a new survey of clinicians. | READ MORE
Only one percent of U.S. population has been tested for coronavirus
The novel coronavirus in the U.S. has infected at least 825,600 people, as of Wednesday. But with less than two percent of Americans tested for the virus so far, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University, the infected population is likely to be higher. | READ MORE
U.S. okays 1st coronavirus test that allows self-swab at home
Associated Press
U.S. health regulators on Tuesday OK’d the first coronavirus test that allows people to collect their own sample at home, a new approach that could help expand testing options in most states. | READ MORE
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