Medicaid, ACA, rural crisis, regulations: [Georgia’s] Gubernatorial candidates talk health care
Georgia Health News
The race between Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, and Stacey Abrams, a Democrat and former House minority leader, has already featured debate between them over the future of health care in the state. READ MORE
More troubled doctors allowed back in practice by Georgia medical board
Atlanta Journal Constitution
To see just how far Georgia regulators will go in forgiving medical doctors’ transgressions, look no further than the latest crop of returned licenses and restored privileges. | READ MORE
New tax break urged to help health of working poor in Georgia
Georgia Health News
Tax credits and health care have recently occupied a prominent place in Georgia politics, thanks to the success of a program that helps rural hospitals. Donors to these Georgia facilities can now get a 100 percent state tax credit for these contributions.  READ MORE
Georgia parents want more action on EpiPen shortage
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Amy Duke went to five pharmacies to fill her son’s prescription for EpiPen, and each time, she left empty-handed. At the sixth pharmacy, she was given only one dose instead of the traditional twin pack. In addition, a label was improperly placed on the device, which would have made it difficult to use. | READ MORE
‘Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’ (by MAG member Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D.) 
JHS Focus
I have recently been thinking about this old Joni Mitchell song. I tried to retire last year and succeeded in stopping clinical practice after 30 great years of hand surgery. For better or worse, I ended up immediately running against 7 other people (including 2 other doctors) for an open Georgia State Senate seat. | READ MORE
New Medicare cards are arriving: How to protect them, avoid scams
Georgia Health News
We often get new cards in the mail, from credit to retail to random discounts, many of them unwanted.READ MORE
Surprise medical bills are what Americans fear most in paying for health care
Kaiser Health News
Unexpected medical bills top the list of health care costs Americans are afraid they will not be able to afford, with 4 in 10 people saying they had received a surprisingly large invoice within the past year, according to a new poll. | READ MORE
Major opioid maker to pay for overdose-antidote development
U.S. News & World Report
A company whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the addiction and overdose crisis says it's helping to fund an effort to make a lower-cost overdose antidote. | READ MORE
Georgia Department of Public Health commissioner gives address on opioids
Albany Herald
Dr. Patrick O’Neal, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, brought to the Region K Hospital Coalition’s meeting last week a message concerning the ongoing opioid crisis in Georgia and what the state needs to do moving forward to combat it. | READ MORE
[Mercer School of Medicine] to partner with Georgia DPH on key women’s health issues
Mercer News
Dr. Jean Sumner, dean of Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM), recently announced the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Barkin, associate professor of community medicine and obstetrics and gynecology, as academic liaison to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), North Central Health District. | READ MORE
You suspect a patient is being abused. What should you do?
AMA Wire
Patients in your exam room may be experiencing one of a number of forms of abuse—domestic violence, human trafficking or other violence—and identifying those being abused can sometimes be tough. | READ MORE
Consumers are avoiding the ER – but not in favor of telehealth
mHealth Intelligence
Hospitals and health systems are launching direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms to push people with non-acute health concerns away from the emergency department and toward virtual visits. But while new research suggests ED traffic is decreasing, consumers are instead flocking to urgent care and retail clinics.  | READ MORE
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