JULY 26, 2018
[MAG & ACEP] sue Anthem over ER pay practices
A group of doctors filed suit against health insurance company Anthem for its pay practices over emergency room (ER) care. READ MORE
ABMS seeks nominations for positions on new Stakeholder Council
American Board of Medical Specialties
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is seeking nominations for positions on the ABMS Stakeholder Council. | READ MORE
Unfrozen: Feds restore payments under disputed ACA program
Georgia Health News
The Trump administration announced late Tuesday that it’s restoring the Affordable Care Act payments to insurers that it froze earlier this month. Those risk-adjustment payments were worth about $10.4 billion for 2017. READ MORE
4 questions about back-to-school vaccinations in Georgia
Even before thinking about shopping for that new school backpack for next year, parents need to make sure their children are up to date on vaccinations. | READ MORE
Health insurers are vacuuming up details about you – and it could raise your rates
To an outsider, the fancy booths at a June health insurance industry gathering in San Diego, Calif., aren't very compelling: a handful of companies pitching "lifestyle" data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like "social determinants of health." | READ MORE
‘Medscape Residents Salary & Debt Report 2018’
How much are residents earning in 2018, and are they satisfied with their earnings? READ MORE
These [anti-anxiety] pills could be next U.S. drug epidemic, public health officials say 
The growing use of anti-anxiety pills reminds some doctors of the early days of the opioid crisis. | READ MORE
A fear of lawsuits really does seem to result in extra medical tests
The New York Times 
Doctors are known for complaining about how the malpractice system adds costs. But it has been hard to prove, until now.  READ MORE
Lowering blood pressure helps prevent mental decline – study
Associated Press
Lowering blood pressure more than usually recommended not only helps prevent heart problems, it also cuts the risk of mental decline that often leads to Alzheimer’s disease, a major study finds. | READ MORE
For this doctor, reducing prescription painkillers is personal (features MAG member) 
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
[Dr. Scott] Rose, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, has spent the past decade doing everything within his power to limit opioid pain relief in his practice. | READ MORE
Food allergies lead to bullying for some students, doctor says (features MAG member)
Food allergies remain a high concern as families get ready to head back to school. There has been a major upswing in the number of children who test positive for a food allergy. | READ MORE
Common painkillers triple side effects of dementia, study says
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
Common painkillers have previously been linked to heart risks. Now scientists believe the medication could also triple the side effects of dementia, according to a new report. | READ MORE
AIDS drugs show more promise for preventing new infections
Associated Press
New research shows more promise for using AIDS treatment drugs as a prevention tool, to help keep uninfected people from catching HIV during sex with a partner who has the virus. | READ MORE
[Georgians] sign up for medical marijuana
Valdosta Daily Times
An expansion of the state’s medical cannabis program that took effect this month allows patients with post-traumatic stress disorder and severe pain to sign up.  READ MORE
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