OCTOBER 31, 2019
New MAG president to focus on tort reform, surprise bills, data entry crisis and scope of practice (features Andrew Reisman, M.D.)
Albany Herald
Dr. Andrew Reisman was sworn into office as the president of the Medical Association of Georgia during a ceremony that took place during the organization’s 165th House of Delegates meeting in Stone Mountain last week. READ MORE
Medical Association of Georgia to recommend ways to ensure low-THC/CBD product safety
Albany Herald
The Medical Association of Georgia will develop recommendations for the General Assembly Georgia Cannabis Commission and the medical cannabis industry that will be formed in the coming months to ensure that applicable patients have access to low-THC/CBD oil that is safe to use. READ MORE
[Gov.] Kemp to announce plan to tackle health care premiums
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Gov. Brian Kemp is set to unveil a proposal Thursday that he has said would create a “reinsurance” program to help stabilize volatile [health] insurance costs on the individual market. READ MORE
Uninsured rate for Georgia children shows troubling rise
Georgia Health News
Georgia had a spike in its rate of uninsured children between 2016 and 2018, according to a report released Wednesday. READ MORE
Kaiser Permanente offers TRICARE option in metro Atlanta area
Georgia Health News
About 60,000 metro Atlantans who are covered by the military health care system will now have the option to get medical services from Kaiser Permanente. READ MORE
Open enrollment for [ACA plans] starts this week. Here’s what you need to know.
It’s time again for Obamacare open enrollment, when hundreds of thousands of Georgians will pick health care coverage for the coming year. READ MORE
Feds warn ethylene oxide crackdown could cause shortages of medical devices
Georgia Health News
Medical device makers and federal regulators are on edge after the closure of two major sterilization facilities and the potential shuttering of a third next week. READ MORE
Federal judge blocks Alabama's near-total abortion ban
A federal judge has blocked a controversial Alabama abortion bill that would block almost all abortions, calling it a "ban" that "contravenes clear Supreme Court precedent." READ MORE
Third vaping-related death in Georgia confirmed as total cases rise
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Georgia Department of Public Health announced Tuesday the state’s third death from a vaping-linked respiratory illness, even as the number of cases shows signs of leveling off. READ MORE
Statement on FDA’s new report regarding root causes and potential solutions to drug shortages
On behalf of the inter-agency Task Force, the FDA issued a report, “Drug Shortages: Root Causes and Potential Solutions,” that attempts to identify root causes and offer recommendations for government and industry based on insights gleaned from stakeholders in the private and public sectors. These recommendations are intended to help prevent and mitigate future drug shortages. READ MORE
Estimate of autism prevalence goes up slightly, CDC reports
Georgia Health News
The estimate of autism prevalence in U.S. children has slightly increased, to about 1 in 59, the CDC reported Thursday. | READ MORE
Simple tips to help physicians master the patient portal inbox
AMA Wire
As patients become more involved their own care, communication takes on a more important role in a patient-physician partnership. But, if not managed correctly, a practice’s inbox can add another layer of administrative burden, diverting precious time to spend with patients and become a contributing factor to physician burnout. READ MORE
Three convicted of running illegal cosmetic surgery clinic in Cobb 
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
More than 30 victims of unlicensed doctors helped Cobb County jurors convict three people of running a sham cosmetic surgery clinic. READ MORE
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