JANUARY 30, 2020
MAG president discusses flu, coronavirus on WSB Radio
WSB Radio
Medical Association of Georgia President Andrew Reisman, M.D., addressed the flu/flu vaccine and the coronavirus on ‘Belinda Skelton's Atlanta Living’ show on WSB Radio on Saturday, January 25. READ MORE
Big merger changes Medicaid insurance equation in Georgia (mentions MAG)
Georgia Health News
The merger of insurers Centene and WellCare will create a company with a dominant position in Georgia’s managed care market for Medicaid. The $17 billion deal will give the resulting entity roughly two-thirds of the Medicaid HMO business in the state. | READ MORE
Georgia lawmakers propose right-to-shop options for patients (quotes MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D.)
The Center Square
Georgia senators have filed a bill that could give patients the chance to price hunt for non-emergency services. Senate Bill 303, dubbed the Georgia Right to Shop Act, is aimed at promoting transparency in health-care billing. | READ MORE
Health care budget cuts raise alarm as waiver plan draws criticism
Georgia Health News
Gov. Brian Kemp’s tough budget plan spares two giant health care programs from cuts: Medicaid, and the Georgia health plan covering teachers and state employees. | READ MORE
Report flunks Georgia on anti-smoking policies
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia gets failing grades for reducing cigarette smoking and for preventing young people from picking up the deadly habit in a report released Wednesday. | READ MORE
Cobb seeks to curb opioid deaths with new approach
Marietta Daily Journal
On Monday, the Cobb County government and the health department hosted the first meeting of the Cobb Opioid Forum, where over 80 members of the community gathered to find solutions to opioid overdoses in Cobb County. | READ MORE
New drop-in clinic opens in East Atlanta, serving uninsured patients
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A new clinic for uninsured adults is now serving the East Atlanta community. The drop-in center will be operated by Mercy Care and CHRIS 180, an Atlanta-based nonprofit focused on providing “trauma-informed” health services and care. | READ MORE
Georgia traffic safety laws get mixed grade
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A traffic safety group gave Georgia a mixed grade in a report card released Thursday. Georgia and 30 other states got an overall score of “needs improvement.” | READ MORE
St. Francis hires new leader following CEO’s resignation
The Ledger-Inquirer
St. Francis Hospital has named a new chief executive officer. Melody Trimble has been named the hospital’s new CEO, effective Feb. 10, according to a company news release. | READ MORE
Insurers, CMS seek to ease prior authorizations
MedPage Today
Heads up, clinicians: health plans and the federal government are each rolling out their own new programs to simplify prior authorization (PA), even as the industry coins a new contradiction in terms – retrospective prior authorization. | READ MORE
Despite insurance gains, more people in the U.S. can't afford doctors
A growing number of Americans find it too expensive to see doctors even though more people have health insurance, a U.S. study suggests. | READ MORE
Graco's Little Lounger Rocking Seats recalled over suffocation risk
ABC News
An infant rocker made by Graco has been recalled due to safety concerns, less than one year after a similar product was recalled by Fisher-Price over the deaths of more than 30 children. | READ MORE
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