OCTOBER 19, 2017
Georgia certificate of need law upheld by Supreme Court
The Georgia Supreme Court upheld the state’s “Certificate of Need” law in an opinion issued Monday that said a surgical center could not expand without state approval. READ MORE
Committee hearing at AU discusses increasing health care role of advanced practice nurses (quotes MAG member)
Augusta Chronicle
With a lack of health care providers in Georgia, the state could increase access by turning out more advanced practice nurses and using them in more innovative ways, a Georgia Senate Study Committee heard Monday. | READ MORE
[President] Trump’s latest move shakes ACA, but effect was foreseen in Georgia
Georgia Health News
On one level, the White House’s pledge late Thursday to stop cost-sharing payments to health insurers under the Affordable Care Act won’t make a major difference in Georgia. | READ MORE
Georgians scramble after [President] Trump kills health insurance subsidies
Kirk Lyman-Barner’s phone began buzzing at 7:30 a.m. Friday and didn’t stop for hours.An Americus insurance broker who specializes in Obamacare policies, Lyman-Barner is used to being a familiar face around town. But even his morning coffee run at Cafe Campesino was interrupted repeatedly by clients, all of whom were worried about how much their monthly health care premiums would increase due to the latest headlines coming out of Washington. | READ MORE
ACA subsidy cut to hit Northwest Georgians: More than 16,000 in Floyd and surrounding counties get insurance through the exchange
Rome News-Tribune
More than 3,500 Floyd County residents buy their insurance through the state’s Affordable Care Act exchange, according to data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. | READ MORE
Opioid crisis hitting Georgia especially hard, speakers at UGA conference say
Athens Banner-Herald
The nation’s deepening opioid epidemic is hitting Georgia harder than most states, speakers said at a conference on the University of Georgia campus Tuesday. | READ MORE
An alarming trend: Premature births go up in Georgia
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s preterm birth rate rose in 2016 after years of decrease, a disturbing trend that is mirrored by national data, state officials said Monday. | READ MORE
Atlanta’s population is aging quickly, and that’s a big challenge
In the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, a lot of people — mostly young people — moved to Atlanta to work. And they stayed. | READ MORE
IBC: A rare form of breast cancer that you and your physician should know about
Georgia Health News
Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, and according to a recent study conducted by Georgia State University, South Georgia has some of the highest numbers of IBC cases in the nation. And while certain types of breast cancer are widely known, many people have never heard of IBC. | READ MORE
[GSU] Chemistry professor develops optical imaging tool to target cancer cells
GSU News Hub
Dr. Ning Fang of the Chemistry Department at Georgia State University has developed a new optical imaging technique, Single Particle Orientation and Rotational Tracking (SPORT), to image rotational motions in live cells and ultimately target cancer cells. | READ MORE
Avoiding tragedies: Police try to make the world safer for dementia patients
Georgia Health News
Imagine being lost at 3 o’clock in the morning, approaching a house you think is your own, and then being fatally shot. | READ MORE
Anthem to develop mega-center of health IT in Atlanta
Georgia Health News
The parent company of Georgia’s largest health insurer has agreed to develop a 352,000 square-foot building in Midtown Atlanta as a health IT hub. | READ MORE
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