JULY 5, 2018
Opioid prescriptions now require database check in Georgia
Missy Owen lost a son to an overdose, so she doesn't take it lightly when doctors push her other children to take opioid pain pills. READ MORE
Feds: Hospitals were not ‘double paid,’ but are still on the hook
Georgia Health News
The federal agency that runs Medicare has acknowledged making an error in its statement on hospital reimbursement when it disclosed its plan to recoup $55 million in improper payments to medical providers in Georgia and other states. | READ MORE
Georgia hands-free driving law: How are drivers doing on Workday 1?
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Georgia’s new distracted driving law is now in full effect — and drivers may already have a handle on hands-free driving. | READ MORE
[Lt. Gov.] Cagle says certificate of need reform is a priority for him 
Daily Citizen-News
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle said he understands the disappointment that officials at Hamilton Health Care System and others in the community felt after the state Department of Community Health rejected Hamilton's application for a certificate of need (CON) for open heart surgery service. | READ MORE
Undercount seen in opioid deaths
Medpage Today
The number of fatal opioid overdoses may have been higher than previously reported, with some states greatly underestimating the effect of opioid-related deaths, an analysis of National Center for Health Statistics data suggests. | READ MORE
CDC warns that mosquitoes aren’t just pesky, but potentially dangerous
WSB Radio
With the recent wet weather you may find yourself busy swatting at pesky mosquitoes this fourth of July.  A warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquitoes can do more than be a nuisance, they can also spread dangerous viruses. | READ MORE
[Charles Gillespie, M.D.] to donate $10,000 to Albany Tech first responders program (features MAG member) 
Albany Herald
The Albany Tech Foundation will receive a check for $10,000 Tuesday at the Charles B. Gillespie, M.D. Center for Emergency Responders on the campus of Albany Technical College. | READ MORE
How can we fill more health care jobs to Southwest Georgia? Here’s a start
Georgia Public Radio
WorkSource Southwest Georgia is using a federal grant worth $186,000 to engage the healthcare community in order to bring more healthcare jobs to a part of the state that could use them. | READ MORE
Can social media have a positive impact on global health care?
There really isn’t an area where social media hasn’t had an impact. People use social media to share opinions, seek information, and share stories about their experiences. Healthcare hasn’t been excluded from this in any way. | READ MORE
Donation program ‘a tremendous help’ for struggling Elberton hospital
Georgia Health News
Elbert Memorial Hospital, which has struggled financially, is getting a big boost this year through Georgia’s tax credit program for rural hospitals. | READ MORE
Fewer Americans are spending their final days in the hospital and more are dying at home
Los Angeles Times
The American way of dying seems to have become less frantic, desperate and expensive. | READ MORE
FDA rushing risky drugs to market
Medpage Today
Nuplazid, a drug for hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson's disease, failed two clinical trials. In a third trial, under a revised standard for measuring its effect, it showed minimal benefit. Overall, more patients died or had serious side effects on Nuplazid than after receiving no treatment. | READ MORE
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