AUGUST 10, 2017
Physicians protest harmful Anthem emergency care coverage policy (features MAG president)
AMA Wire
A new policy by Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield holds patients responsible for bills stemming from care delivered in emergency departments that is later deemed nonemergent. READ MORE
Is Anthem's ER policy legal? Health executives want [Missouri's] insurance director to weigh in
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A few health care industry executives have sent a letter to Missouri’s insurance director, asking her to take a “hard and earnest look” at Anthem’s emergency room policy and whether it is legal. | READ MORE
200,000 Georgians to lose Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance next year
About 5 percent of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia's 4 million members will lose their insurance plans as the company pulls out of the federal insurance exchange in metro Atlanta next year, the company said. | READ MORE
Blue Cross agrees to stay in counties [in Georgia] where there’s no other exchange option
Georgia Health News
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia has agreed to offer coverage in the state insurance exchange in the 85 counties that will have no other health plans in 2018. | READ MORE
Rep. Betty Price [M.D.] promotes National Immunization Awareness Month (also features MAG’s president)
Alpharetta Roswell Herald
State Representative Betty Price is making constituents aware that August is National Immunization Awareness Month. | READ MORE
Georgia hospitals in line to lose millions due to inaction on health care
Officials at Grady Memorial and dozens of other Georgia hospitals breathed a sigh of relief when the GOP plan to scale back Medicaid recently failed in the U.S. Senate. But now, they say, they face a different threat. | READ MORE
Big employers vow to continue offering health insurance
Kaiser Health News
The shrinking unemployment rate has been a healthy turn for people with job-based benefits. | READ MORE
DeKalb Medical works to satisfy feds’ concerns after discharge of vulnerable patient
Georgia Health News
DeKalb Medical Center faces a federal deadline later this month for approval of a correction plan after the discharge of a patient with mental illness who then went missing for several days. | READ MORE
Fulton County commits up to $60 million for Grady hospital expansion
A decade after Grady Memorial Hospital was on the brink of financial collapse, Fulton County commissioners gave it a vote of support Wednesday by agreeing to pay up to $60 million for the hospital system’s expansion. | READ MORE
Once again, Medicare penalizing most hospitals for patient readmission rates
Georgia Health News
Four out of five Georgia hospitals are set to receive Medicare penalties for having too many patients returning within a month of their discharge. | READ MORE
[President] Trump pledges U.S. will beat opioid drug epidemic
Associated Press
President Donald Trump took on the opioid drug epidemic Tuesday, pledging that "we will fight this deadly epidemic and the United States will win." | READ MORE
Colon cancer rates rising among younger white adults – and falling among blacks
Kaiser Health News
Authors of a research letter published Tuesday in JAMA found that rates of colorectal cancer among adults under age 55 and the number of deaths among that age group are rising. | READ MORE
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