SEPTEMBER 24, 2020
[Gov.] Kemp names 18 appointments (including MAG member & Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D.)
Governor's Office Press Release
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp recently announced 18 appointments to Georgia's Sexual Offender Registration Review Board and the Georgia Joint Defense Commission, and Medical Association of Georgia member and Georgia Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D., is one of the appointments to the Georgia Joint Defense Commission. | READ MORE
Georgia voters favor Biden on health care issues, poll finds
Georgia Health News
A poll of likely Georgia voters found that a large majority believe former Vice President Joe Biden will do a better job than President Donald Trump on protecting coverage for pre-existing health conditions and on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. | READ MORE
Augusta University to offer saliva COVID-19 test
The Augusta Chronicle
Augusta University Health will start offering coronavirus testing via saliva for children Tuesday and for adults Monday, September 28. | READ MORE
CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash
Associated Press
U.S. health officials on Friday dropped a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and said anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person should get tested. | READ MORE
Third Annual [virtual] Health and Polio Symposium set for September 26 (mentions MAG)
The Rotary Club of Emory-Clifton, with presenting partner United Advanced Practice Registered Nurses of Georgia and partners Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Medical Association of Georgia, will virtually present the Third Annual Health and Polio Symposium on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 in Atlanta. | READ MORE
Hospitals in Georgia, U.S. charging insurers more than twice Medicare rates, study finds
Georgia Health News
Hospitals in the United States are charging private insurers 2.5 times what they get paid under the government Medicare program for the same services, according to a study released Friday. | READ MORE
Walmart to launch more health care ‘Super Centers’ in Florida, Georgia and Chicago
Walmart disclosed plans Thursday to open “Walmart Health” centers in the Tampa and Orlando, Florida markets and additional locations in Georgia that feature an array of primary medical services, dental care, and behavioral health services as part of a new model being replicated across the country. | READ MORE
Georgia updates nursing home visit rules
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration this week updated nursing home and assisted living visitation rules to pave a clearer path for families to resume seeing loved ones amid the coronavirus pandemic. | READ MORE
Emory Healthcare, Hazelden Betty Ford unite to create Addiction Alliance of Georgia (mentions MAG)
Emory News Center
Leading U.S. health system Emory Healthcare is joining forces with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation – the nation’s leading source of hope and healing for people, families and communities affected by substance use disorders – to create the Addiction Alliance of Georgia. | READ MORE
New bill looks to mandate payer coverage for telehealth services
The latest bill introduced on Capitol Hill aims to level the playing field for payers by ensuring that all telehealth services be covered if those services are also furnished in person. | READ MORE
Election gift for Florida? [President] Trump poised to approve drug imports from Canada
Kaiser Health News
Over the objections of drugmakers, the Trump administration is expected within weeks to finalize its plan that would allow states to import some prescription medicines from Canada. | READ MORE
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