NOVEMBER 19, 2020
Can [President-elect] Biden convince red states to wear masks? (quotes MAG CEO Donald J. Palmisano Jr.)
Los Angeles Times
As President-elect Joe Biden labors to rescue the nation’s ragged coronavirus response, no challenge looms larger than rallying Republicans and Democrats behind a unified effort to wear masks and take other basic steps to control the pandemic. READ MORE
CMS flexibility provides practices relief on 2020 MIPS reporting
AMA Wire
The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a wave of uncertainty across the U.S. private health care infrastructure, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hoping to mitigate by being flexible with clinicians who participate in its Merit-based Incentive Payment System. | READ MORE
[Gov.] Kemp says more budget cuts unlikely for Georgia agencies amid COVID-19
Rome News-Tribune
Gov. Brian Kemp indicated Thursday he does not expect to call for deep budget cuts again after state-funded agencies slashed spending this year to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic in Georgia. | READ MORE
Congress eyes permanent Medicare coverage for telehealth from therapists
A group of lawmakers has introduced a bill that would ensure Medicare coverage for telehealth services provided by physical and occupational therapists, audiologists and speech and language pathologists. | READ MORE
The good news on Moderna’s vaccine trial resonates in Atlanta
Georgia Health News
Emory has been a major participant in the Moderna trial, enrolling about 700 volunteers at three centers in Atlanta. | READ MORE
Senate Democrats introduce bill to shore up PPE supply
The Hill
Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill that would shore up the supply of protective equipment for health care workers as the U.S. faces another surge of COVID-19 cases. | READ MORE
[AMA members can] Order PPE for [their] practice from the AMA
AMA Wire
To support physicians during the ongoing PPE shortage, the AMA is collaborating with Project N95, a not-for-profit organization, to reserve quality-certified PPE for AMA members to purchase with no minimum. The deadline to place an order is Nov. 23 at 4 p.m. | READ MORE
COVID-19: A physician guide to keeping your practice open
AMA Wire
As physicians reopen and strive to keep open their practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, measures to limit the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to patients, caregivers, staff and themselves are just as, if not more, necessary as ever. | READ MORE
COVID continues to rise across Athens area, especially in Jackson County
Online Athens
As of Tuesday’s Georgia Department of Public Health daily COVID-19 status update, Clarke’s two-week rate of new infections reached 285 per 100,000 population. Jackson remains the county with the most COVID activity, however. | READ MORE
In tough medical times, travel nurses in high demand
Georgia Health News
The demand for travel nurses has soared since the pandemic collided with a general shortage of RNs in Georgia and nationally. Experienced nurses are needed everywhere, especially those who work with respiratory patients and in intensive care units. | READ MORE
Public health programs see surge in students amid pandemic
Kaiser Health News
Public health programs in the United States have seen a surge in enrollment as the coronavirus has swept through the country, killing more than 246,000 people. | READ MORE
Big study supports cheap combo pill to lower heart risks
Associated Press
A daily pill combining four cholesterol and blood pressure medicines taken with low-dose aspirin cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart-related deaths by nearly one third in a large international study that’s expected to lead to wider use of this “polypill” approach. | READ MORE
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