FEBRUARY 13, 2020
Family sues after distracted driver killed son (features MAG member Charles Wilmer, M.D.)
CBS News
A Texas family has filed a lawsuit against Energy Transfer Partners, a company whose truck driver was allegedly watching a video on his phone when he hit and killed their son. Paramedics at the scene said the driver’s phone was playing pornography when it was recovered from the crash. READ MORE
How bad is coronavirus? Hall County health officials weigh in (quotes MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D.)
The Times
Health officials are calling it a global concern, and with Atlanta an international city and major travel hub, the new coronavirus is far from being dismissed by local medical providers. READ MORE
About 200 people [in Georgia] ‘self-monitoring’ after travel to China
Georgia Health News
Dozens of people in Georgia who have recently traveled to China are ‘‘self-monitoring’’ for possible symptoms of the novel coronavirus, public health officials said Tuesday. | READ MORE
Feds push Georgia plan to subsidize health insurance to next step
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The federal government says Georgia is on track with its proposal to lower health insurance premiums by paying government subsidies. It is inviting the public to comment on the idea over the next month. | READ MORE
How [Georgia] legislators hope to address ‘surprise’ health care bills
The Times
Even if patients go to a health care facility that is in-network with their insurance provider, they can still unexpectedly get a high bill, sometimes months later. Several Georgia legislators hope to change that. | READ MORE
Bipartisan Ways and Means leaders unveil measure to stop surprise medical bills
The Hill
The bipartisan leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee on Friday released their legislation to protect patients from getting massive, surprise medical bills as congressional action on the subject intensifies. | READ MORE
Surprise surgery bills happen even when patients plan ahead
Reuters
One in five patients who get elective surgery at U.S. hospitals that accept their insurance may still get surprise medical bills, especially if they receive anesthesia, a new study suggests. | READ MORE
Delays in health care grow for Georgia military veterans
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Last summer’s MISSION Act was Congress’ third attempt in less than a decade to get veterans into the hands of private doctors when VA facilities can’t see them quickly enough, aren’t located nearby or don’t offer services veterans need. But in Georgia, at least, there are also warning signs that things have gotten worse, not better. | READ MORE
Medical marijuana cards show big rise in Georgia
Georgia Health News
The number of Georgians with cards allowing possession of medical cannabis has soared more than 70 percent in one year. | READ MORE
Should Georgia raise fines for distracted driving?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, Georgia lawmakers are considering a bill that would raise the fine for distracted driving violations. | READ MORE
‘Go Red for Women Day’ celebrated at State Capitol (includes MAG Foundation GPLA graduate Jane Morgan, M.D.)
Fox 5 Atlanta
Women were wearing red on Friday to raise awareness for Go Red for Women Day. Celebrated by the American Heart Association, the day is designated to increase women's awareness and research about cardiovascular health. | READ MORE
U.S. survey finds smaller decline in medical bill worries
Associated Press
The proportion of people in families struggling to pay medical bills is down, but the number isn’t dropping like it used to, according to a big government study. | READ MORE
Atrium Health, which has a hub in Macon, sees growth in operating income, patients
The Telegraph
A Charlotte, N.C.-based hospital system that has a partnership with Navicent Health in Macon had an operating income of $284 million in 2019 – an increase of 23.2% from the year before, the health system said Tuesday. | READ MORE
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