NOVEMBER 9, 2017
[Smyrna] Councilman (MAG GR Director Derek Norton) looks to ban cellphone use while driving
A Smyrna city councilman is proposing a new ordinance that would completely ban people from using their cellphones or any electronic devices while they are driving. | READ MORE
Health care ‘waivers’ get new attention in Georgia, Washington
Georgia Health News
Georgia and many other states may seek federal approval soon to make changes to their health care programs through waiver requests, lawmakers and experts say. | READ MORE
Survey finds Georgia employers have health costs below average
Georgia Health News
Georgia employers’ health care costs are lower than the national average, a recent survey has found. | READ MORE
ACA sign-ups spike at open enrollment’s start
The Washington Post
The number of consumers signing up for plans under the Affordable Care Act has surged during the first few days of open enrollment compared with past years, according to federal and state officials. | READ MORE
Gov. Nathan Deal on how to improve healthcare options
North Fulton Neighbor
In efforts to improve healthcare and the economy, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce invited representatives from related parties to the annual Healthcare Summit on Oct. 31. | READ MORE
Georgia among the top states with opioid overdose deaths
The White House has declared the opioid crisis across the country as a public health emergency.The super-potent narcotics are sending more Georgia users into critical overdose. | READ MORE
White House opioid commission calls for wide-ranging changes to anti-drug policies
The Washington Post
President Trump's commission on the opioid crisis called Wednesday for a nationwide system of drug courts and easier access to alternatives to opioids for people in pain, part of a wide-ranging menu of improvements it said are needed to curb the opioid epidemic. | READ MORE
Rural hospitals [in Georgia] remain in crisis
Swainsboro, Georgia, population 7277. Inside the city limits of the tiny town sits the county's only hospital. | READ MORE
Memorial Health gets new CEO, board as ownership change nears
Savannah Morning News
Memorial Health has selected Shayne George to be its chief executive officer once its sale to HCA Healthcare is completed. | READ MORE
Health IT experts say data revolution still has a way to go
Georgia Health News
The digital revolution has swept over health care, as wearable devices, electronic medical records and other computerized innovations have become pervasive. | READ MORE
Commentary: We know how to improve birth statistics in Georgia (by MAG Alliance member)
Georgia Health News
The numbers tell the sobering story for Georgia’s infants. For too many, their “number is up” before they reach their first birthday. | READ MORE
State’s top court rejects Northside’s stand on shielding financial records
Georgia Health News
In a case closely watched by the state’s hospital industry, the Georgia Supreme Court has reversed lower court rulings that barred access to Northside Hospital’s financial records. | READ MORE
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