SEPTEMBER 17, 2020
Now’s the time to have a difficult talk about physician suicide
AMA Wire
The third annual observance of National Physician Suicide Awareness Day on September 17 offers an opportunity to shine a light on this troubling issue, strip away the stigma that surrounds it, and encourage physicians and other health care professionals who are struggling with burnout and depression to seek the help they need. READ MORE
PCOM expands to Moultrie to provide more physicians (features MAG member H. William Craver III, D.O.)
Valdosta Today
Although statistics indicate that nearly 41 percent of Georgia’s population lives in rural areas, only 8 percent of the state’s physicians practice in rural Georgia as noted by the Rural Health Information Hub. | READ MORE
[Gov.] Kemp’s new COVID-19 order to allow in-person visits at some long-term care facilities
The Telegraph
Gov. Brian Kemp on Tuesday extended many of Georgia’s existing coronavirus restrictions, but paved the way for in-person visitation at the state’s nursing homes and other long-term care facilities if certain public health guidelines are met. | READ MORE
A whistleblower is accusing doctors at an ICE detention center [in Georgia] of surgically removing the wombs of some immigrant detainees
Business Insider
A nurse at a Georgia Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility is accusing the detention center of performing an unusual number of hysterectomies on immigrants being detained there, usually without their consent. | READ MORE
Georgia slips even lower among states on new health scorecard
Georgia Health News
Georgia slipped to number 46 among the states in a new ranking of health system performance, down from 42nd the previous year. | READ MORE
Flu vaccines now available in metro Atlanta ‒ and doctors say you should get one now (features MAG member Audrey Arona, M.D.)
Most people get flu shots in October or November, but this year, experts say now is the time to get it. | READ MORE
Piedmont patients had private information compromised in data breach, hospital system says
Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare, which includes two hospitals and a cancer treatment center in Columbus, is mailing letters to an undisclosed number of patients to inform them that a data breach has compromised some of their private information. | READ MORE
Politically connected firm earning millions in [Georgia] COVID contract
Georgia Health News
A health care staffing company with strong political connections has been paid more than $40 million by the state of Georgia to supply medical workers to fight COVID-19. | READ MORE
New CPT code to help radiology practices report additional costs stemming from COVID care
Radiology Business
The American Medical Association added a new Current Procedural Terminology code this week to help radiology and other physician practices report added expenses stemming from COVID-19 care. | READ MORE
Five things organizations can do to advance women in medicine
AMA Wire
Women in medicine have made tremendous progress. However, women continue to encounter persistent obstacles to advancement, especially in senior positions where they remain underrepresented, according to a recent report. | READ MORE
More than one in three U.S. pediatricians dismiss vaccine-refusing families
Parents who choose to forgo or delay their children's vaccinations may quickly find themselves without a pediatrician. | READ MORE
Pandemic vs. pandemic: COVID-19 hampers fight against HIV
Associated Press
Clinics have stopped or limited testing for [HIV], and public health officials overwhelmed by demands to control COVID-19 have shifted staff away from tracking HIV patients. | READ MORE
Experts: Revamped OxyContin hasn’t curbed abuse, overdoses
Associated Press
A panel of government health advisers said Friday there’s no clear evidence that a harder-to-crush version of the painkiller OxyContin designed to discourage abuse actually resulted in fewer overdoses or deaths. | READ MORE
How much nurses get paid in every state
Nurses serve on the front lines of health care. Their work is tough, but fortunately it’s well-compensated. And if you are considering a career as a nurse, the good news is that the industry is growing and the pay tends to be good. | READ MORE
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