MAY 3, 2018
Gov. Deal signs new hands-free distracted driving bill into law
Gov. Nathan Deal has signed the hands-free distracted driving bill into law. READ MORE
Is it really an emergency? New ER policy costing Georgians thousands (quotes MAG member)
Dozens of Metro Atlantans got stuck with big emergency room bills even though they have insurance. | READ MORE
Rate of uninsured creeping back up, surveys show
Georgia Health News
Two recent surveys point to an expected but troubling trend: The U.S. rate of uninsured people is rising. | READ MORE
CMS changes name of EHR incentive programs and advancing care information to ‘Promoting Interoperability’
DAS Health
To continue CMS’ commitment to promoting and prioritizing interoperability of health care data, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is overhauling and streamlining the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs for hospitals as well as for the Advancing Care Information performance category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which is one track of the Quality Payment Program. | READ MORE
CMS encourages eligible suppliers to participate in expanded ‘Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program’ model
The CMS Blog
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in April expanded the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP), a national performance-based payment model offering a new approach to type 2 diabetes prevention in eligible Medicare beneficiaries with an indication of pre-diabetes. | READ MORE
Flu season has left a trail of deaths, and perhaps a few lessons
Georgia Health News
Dr. Hany Atallah of Grady Memorial Hospital saw a patient Monday who had flu symptoms.  | READ MORE
UGA works to tackle Georgia’s opioid abuse crisis
UGA Today
Statewide efforts to thwart the opioid epidemic that is ravaging Georgia communities got a boost recently at three conferences that brought together public and private sector leaders to learn more about the problem and how to address it. | READ MORE
How many opioid overdoses are suicides?
Kaiser Health News
Mady Ohlman was 22 on the evening some years ago when she stood in a friend’s bathroom looking down at the sink. | READ MORE
Med school in South Georgia aims to address primary care needs
Georgia Health News
The first four-year medical school established in South Georgia aims to address the primary care physician shortages in underserved areas of the state. | READ MORE
Mosquitoes, ticks and fleas are spreading more sickness, CDC reports
Georgia Health News
The number of Americans getting diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled over a 12-year period, reaching more than 96,000 cases in 2016, the CDC reported Tuesday. | READ MORE
Estimate of autism prevalence goes up slightly, CDC reports
Georgia Health News
The estimate of autism prevalence in U.S. children has slightly increased, to about 1 in 59, the CDC reported Thursday. | READ MORE
Allergan is betting on Botox for men
Allergan Plc is rolling out its first advertising campaign that directly pitches its blockbuster wrinkle-smoothing treatment Botox to men, a spokeswoman said Monday. | READ MORE
Telemedicine opening doors to specialty care for inmates
Kaiser Health News
When an inmate needs to see a medical specialist, getting that care can be complicated.  | READ MORE
Decoding your baby's DNA: It can be done. But should it be?
Los Angeles Times
Maverick Coltrin entered the world a seemingly healthy 8-pound boy. But within a week, he was having seizures that doctors could neither explain nor control. They warned that he would probably die within a few months. | READ MORE
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