NOVEMBER 23, 2017
Proposed Smyrna ordinance: Hands off the cell phone and on the steering wheel!
Cobb County Courier
The City of Smyrna could become the first in the state of Georgia to adopt an ordinance prohibiting the use of cell phones or other mobile electronic devices while driving. READ MORE
Pressure builds to cut Medicare patients in on prescription deals
Kaiser Health News
Medicare enrollees, who have watched their out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs climb in recent years, might be in for a break. READ MORE
California fines Anthem $5 million for failing to address consumer grievances
Kaiser Health News
California’s managed-care regulator announced Wednesday it has fined insurance giant Anthem Blue Cross $5 million for repeatedly failing to resolve consumer grievances in a timely manner. | READ MORE
Nurse practitioner malpractice payouts are on the rise; opioid prescription liability an emerging hot spot
FierceHealthcare
Payouts from malpractice claims filed against nurse practitioners are on the rise, according to a new report. | READ MORE
VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon
Associated Press
As part of its effort to expand private health care, the Department of Veterans Affairs is exploring the possibility of merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics. | READ MORE
Life saver: Naloxone preventing overdose deaths (mentions MAG Foundation)
The Valdosta Daily Times
This is the fifth part of a month-long look at opioids in Georgia, specifically the SunLight Project area of Valdosta, Thomasville, Moultrie, Millegdeville, Dalton, Tifton. | READ MORE
Major hospital partnership in the works in Middle Georgia
Georgia Health News
The hospital combination game has taken a second turn in less than a week, this time involving two Middle Georgia systems. | READ MORE
Witnesses tell state: Okay Memorial sale to for-profit
Savannah Morning News
A state official on Friday heard overwhelming support for the proposed sale of the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center to a for-profit health care system whose assets and commitment will stabilize the financially struggling local system. | READ MORE
DeKalb Medical again faces federal scrutiny over patient care
Georgia Health News
For the second time in four months, DeKalb Medical Center faces a federal deadline for approval of a plan of correction after a patient care problem. | READ MORE
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta unveils North Druid Hills campus plans
DeKalb Neighbor
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) recently unveiled the proposed master plan for its new North Druid Hills Campus, which includes a replacement hospital, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, support buildings and more than 20 acres of greenspace and miles of walking trails and paths on site. | READ MORE
Research with an Atlanta connection could help countless stroke patients
Georgia Health News
A clinical trial that involved Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital may help produce an effective treatment for thousands of stroke victims nationally. | READ MORE
Commentary: What uninsured Georgians really need
Georgia Health News
Recent congressional action shows health care continues to percolate as a top political issue. | READ MORE
Herbal supplement is killing people in Georgia, medical examiner says
WSB-TV
The state chief medical examiner says the herbal supplement kratom is killing people in Georgia. | READ MORE
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