NOVEMBER 28, 2019
Longstreet Clinic physician leading state medical association (features MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D.)
Gainesville Times
Dr. Andrew Reisman, a Longstreet Clinic physician, is the new president of the Medical Association of Georgia, putting him at the forefront of policy issues ahead of the 2020 legislative session. READ MORE
Screening enhances early lung cancer detection (written by MAG members)
The Albany Herald
More men and women die from lung cancer than from breast, colorectal and prostate cancer combined. The devastating effects of smoking include emphysema, chronic bronchitis and, most importantly, lung cancer. | READ MORE
Flu activity reaches high levels in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The flu season in Georgia is ramping up, with the number of cases already at a level considered high. Friday, the state Department of Public Health said 4.59% of patient visits to doctors were for the flu during the week ending Nov. 16, up from 4.03% the week before. | READ MORE
Opinion: ‘Medicare for all’ won’t fix soaring health care costs
Los Angeles Times
The idea of “Medicare for all” advanced another step with the recent release of Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s more detailed health proposal. It is expansive and bold, and has brought some excitement to the progressive core of the Democratic Party. While policy mavens can delight in the details, the enormity of the proposal is a sign that this debate has clearly gone off the rails. | READ MORE
[Georgia] Legislators examine mental health in maternal mortality
The Brunswick News
The public controversy over Georgia’s dismal maternal mortality statistics continues to spur action among the state’s elected officials, and this past week state legislators heard from medical professionals on the problem and what could be working in some areas, especially as it comes to women’s mental health. | READ MORE
Atlanta VA hospital’s partial shutdown could extend past February
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The troubled Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center continues to run at diminished capacity after shutting down operating rooms in late September for all but emergency surgery, say people familiar with the matter. Some days as many as four of the nine operating rooms are still not functioning and full capacity is not scheduled to be restored through at least February. | READ MORE
FDA cracks down on CBD: Cautions 15 companies for making illegal product claims
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to 15 companies for illegally selling products containing cannabidiol (CBD) in ways that violate the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. The FDA also published a revised Consumer Update detailing safety concerns about CBD products more broadly. | READ MORE
Fulton County approves funding for new Grady surgical center
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Grady Health System has scaled back its request for millions of dollars from Fulton and DeKalb counties for planned expansions while it awaits a certificate of need for one of two projects. While the surgery center is on track, the HIV center’s expansion can’t move forward without state approval. | READ MORE
Georgia hospitals uneasy over state’s new online transparency rules
Georgia Recorder
Georgia’s nonprofit hospitals are raising concerns over new transparency rules that are meant to drive down soaring health care costs but that they say will saddle their facilities with additional expenses. | READ MORE
Proposal falls short of needed [Georgia] EMS reforms, critics say
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Some of Georgia’s most influential leaders in emergency medical services, as well as patient advocates, are pushing for more dramatic reforms to a state proposal affecting the hiring of ambulance providers. | READ MORE
No safety switch: How lax oversight of EHR puts patients at risk
Kaiser Health News
In fall 2009, several dozen of the best minds in health information technology huddled at a hotel outside Washington, D.C., to discuss potential dangers of an Obama White House plan to spend billions of tax dollars computerizing medical records. But after two days of discussions, the group warned that few safeguards existed to protect the public from possible consequences of rolling out the new technology so quickly. | READ MORE
Gender inequity in medicine: An expert survey of the landscape
AMA Wire
In the first of two “AMA Moving Medicine” podcast episodes about gender bias in medicine, Esther Choo, M.D., MPH, explores how gender equity gaps can impact not just women, but an entire health system. | READ MORE
Sit, heal: Dog teaches military med students the merits of service animals
Kaiser Health News
The newest faculty member at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences has a great smile – and a wagging tail. Shetland, not quite 2 years old, is half golden retriever, half Labrador retriever. As of this fall, he is also a lieutenant commander in the Navy and a clinical instructor in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at USUHS. | READ MORE
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