MARCH 14, 2019
ABMS announces plans to implement Vision Commission’s [MOC reform] recommendations 
American Board of Medical Specialties Press Release
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Board of Directors (BOD) has announced its plans to address the recommendations shared in the Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission’s (Commission) final report. READ MORE
This time, science weighs in on a [Georgia] Capitol debate over medicinal marijuana
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
What’s changed is the attitude of what might be called Georgia’s lab coat crowd. Physicians and other academics are no longer on the sidelines, as they were in 2014. It is possible they were provoked. | READ MORE
CMS mapping tool on prescriptions helps communities fight opioid crisis
Georgia Health News
For the first time, the [CMS Opioid Prescribing Mapping Tool] includes data for opioid prescribing in the Medicaid program. In addition, users can now make geographic comparisons of Medicare Part D opioid prescribing rates over time for both urban and rural communities. | READ MORE
AMA president-elect to host webinar on best practices to end opioid misuse epidemic   
AMA Morning Rounds 
Join AMA president-elect Patrice A. Harris, M.D., M.A., on Wednesday, March 27 at [1 p.m. EST] to hear how you can advocate in your state for policies to help end the opioid epidemic. Dr. Harris will be joined by state regulators to discuss specific state-focused strategies that are helping reduce the epidemic and improving patient care. | READ MORE
Cutbacks by some doctors halved new opioid prescriptions over 5 years
The rate of first-time opioid prescriptions declined 54 percent between 2012 and 2017 in the U.S., largely because many doctors stopped prescribing the painkillers, according to a study of more than 86 million people covered by private insurance. | READ MORE
HPV vaccine: What you need to know (free webinar)
Morehouse School of Medicine  
Join Dr. Melissa Kottke as she analyzes the effectiveness of HPV vaccination among marginalized populations, and the potential of these vaccines to eliminate HPV-associated cancers. | READ MORE
Deaths from drugs and suicide reach a record in the U.S.
The New York Times
The number of deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide in 2017 hit the highest level since the collection of this type of federal mortality data started in 1999, according to an analysis by two public health nonprofits... | READ MORE
UnitedHealthcare broadens direct drug rebate program
Associated Press
Beginning next year, all new employer-sponsored health plan customers that use UnitedHealthcare must give the discounts they get to consumers at the point of sale, the insurer said Tuesday. | READ MORE
Marietta considers ban on e-cigarettes
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
[The Marietta] City Council’s Judicial Legislative Committee on Tuesday reviewed a proposal that would outlaw the use of e-cigarettes, as well as chewing tobacco, in parks and at other government facilities. READ MORE
FDA rolls out vaping policy to make it harder for minors to buy flavored products
The Washington Post
The Food and Drug Administration issued a much-anticipated policy on Wednesday that is designed to restrict how and where flavored e-cigarettes are sold — an effort to combat what the agency’s commissioner has called “an epidemic” of underage vaping. | READ MORE
Child enrollment in public health programs fell by 600K last year 
PEW Stateline
The number of kids enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – two government health plans for the poor – fell by nearly 600,000 in the first 11 months of 2018, a precipitous drop that has puzzled and alarmed many health policy analysts, while several states say it reflects the good news of an improving economy. | READ MORE
As hospitals post price lists, consumers are asked to check up on them
Kaiser Health News
In appearances, opinion pieces and through social media, [CMS administrator Seema Verma] has urged consumers to check their local hospitals’ websites to see if chargemaster lists are posted and let the agency know if they are not. | READ MORE
Medieval diseases are resurging in California – and hitting the homeless especially hard
Kaiser Health News
Infectious diseases – some that ravaged populations in the Middle Ages – are resurging in California and around the country, and they are hitting homeless populations especially hard. | READ MORE
Air pollution killing more people than smoking, say scientists
Air pollution is killing more people every year than smoking, according to research published on Tuesday that called for urgent action to stop burning fossil fuels. | READ MORE
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