AUGUST 29, 2019
Georgia Medicaid agency plans $10 million in admin cuts per [Gov.] Kemp plan
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The state agency that oversees programs that deliver health care to about a quarter of Georgians isn’t ruling out job cuts to meet Gov. Brian Kemp’s edict to slash department budgets over the next two years. READ MORE
[Lt. Gov.] Duncan task force to focus on costs and availability of health care
Georgia Health News
Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan announced Wednesday that he has formed a task force to tackle health care access and costs in Georgia. | READ MORE
Opioid prescription totals falling in Georgia amid deadly epidemic
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia is seeing hopeful signs in its battle against deadly opioid abuse. | READ MORE
Anthem/Blue Cross individual plans won’t have WellStar next year
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
WellStar patients in northwest Atlanta who had Anthem individual insurance policies through the Affordable Care Act will likely have two alternatives to get their care covered in 2020. But Anthem won’t be one of them. | READ MORE
Marketer for health sharing ministries under state investigation [in Georgia]
Georgia Health News
An Atlanta-based company that markets health care sharing plans is being investigated by the state insurance department, Georgia Health News has learned. | READ MORE
[Georgia] University System employees will see higher premiums next year
Georgia Health News
Tens of thousands of University System of Georgia employees will face average increases in their 2020 health care premiums of 5.5 percent to 7.5 percent. | READ MORE
[Georgia] probes lung illnesses possibly linked to vaping amid national concern
Georgia Health News
Georgia has joined other states in investigating possible cases of severe respiratory illness that may be linked to vaping. | READ MORE
Piedmont Henry Hospital names new chief medical officer (features MAG member William Watkins, M.D.)
Henry Herald
William Watkins, M.D, has been named chief medical officer at Piedmont Henry Hospital. | READ MORE
Smyrna has five candidates for mayor (features MAG GR Director Derek Norton and MAG contract lobbyist Travis Lindley)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In Smyrna, five candidates have qualified for mayor to succeed longtime Mayor Arthur Max Bacon. | READ MORE
Fulton County woman tests positive for West Nile virus
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A 44-year-old Fulton County woman was diagnosed with West Nile virus, the first human case in the county this year. | READ MORE
Thinking about joining an ACO? What your practice needs to know
AMA Wire
Accountable care organizations (ACOs) can be an attractive option for physicians looking to retain their independence while benefiting from collaboration with others delivering patient care. | READ MORE
Phoebe announces $250 million investment and new quality and safety initiative
Albany Herald
Phoebe Putney Health System’s $250 million investment in southwest Georgia includes the grand, major renovations in buildings and health care delivery and five new clinics, as well as smaller projects addressing community needs such as a community garden offering fresh vegetables. | READ MORE
DEA to expand marijuana research after years of delay
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said on Monday that it will move ahead with a long-delayed expansion of its marijuana research program, in a sign that the Trump administration’s hostility to the drug may be waning as a growing number of states have legalized its use. | READ MORE
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