JULY 12, 2018
[MAG member] Dr. Patrice Harris makes history as first black women to lead American Medical Association
The Atlanta Voice
When Dr. Patrice A. Harris decided she would go into medicine as a youth, she never thought she would eventually make history. READ MORE
Insurers seek modestly higher premiums for 2019 Georgia exchange
Georgia Health News
Premium increases of 2 percent to almost 15 percent would seem like bad news for Georgians needing health care coverage. | READ MORE
Insurers caught off guard by feds’ freeze of ACA ‘sickness’ payments 
Georgia Health News
Just when the insurance market was looking calmer for the exchange in Georgia and other states, another event has shaken things up. | READ MORE
Federal funding for ACA ‘navigators’ to drop dramatically in Georgia
Georgia Health News
The White House is again slashing funds for the “navigators’’ who help enroll people in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges. | READ MORE
State reminds distracted driving violators: Warnings won’t last forever
Atlanta Journal Constitution
A little more than a week into Georgia’s new hands-free driving law, state officials said enforcement efforts are going as planned: far more warnings than citations for behind-the-wheel violators, more education than punishment while everyone learns to adjust. | READ MORE
[Floyd Medical Center] to appeal rejection of open heart surgery CON
Rome News-Tribune
The Georgia Department of Community Health has rejected applications from Floyd Medical Center, Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton and Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton to provide open heart surgical procedures at the hospitals. | READ MORE
U.S. charges hundreds in health care fraud, opioid crackdown
The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday announced charges against 601 people including doctors for taking part in health care frauds that resulted in over $2 billion in losses and contributed to the nation’s opioid epidemic in some cases. | READ MORE
Children’s ready to open first big building in mega-project
Georgia Health News
Opening soon: A $127 million building that will have 260,000 square feet, more than 250 patient care rooms, 1,100 parking spaces — and an expected 100,000 patient visits in its first year. | READ MORE
Health care start-up says A.I. can diagnose patients better than humans can, doctors call that 'dubious'
Health care start-up Babylon Health has said that its artificial intelligence (AI) is able to diagnose medical conditions as accurately as a doctor, but physicians have called the claims "dubious." | READ MORE
Methadone, therapy offer a path to addiction recovery in Savannah
Savannah Morning News
A tortoiseshell kitten named Zoe is more than a pet for Cheri Mueller and Chris Gunter. She’s a symbol of the couple’s ongoing recovery from opioid addiction. | READ MORE
Mobile tech helps surgery practice write fewer opioid prescriptions, check with PDMP
Healthcare IT News
The orthopedic surgeons at Affiliated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of Maryland have recently adopted a mobile medication management application to better handle the prescribing and workflow processes of a practice where each doctor writes about 30 prescriptions per day for controlled substances, including opioids for pain management. | READ MORE
Teletherapy a boon for rural HIV patients
Georgia Health News
When Laurie* moved to rural western Colorado, she thought she had found a tranquil oasis to rest and die. Then 32, she was sober and living with HIV, but her health was waning and the mid-1990s HIV medications were taking a toll on her body. | READ MORE
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