JANUARY 10, 2019
Health care could have ‘big year’ in Georgia’s legislature
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The flow of hundreds of millions of health care dollars through Georgia could be routed one way or another, depending on what the General Assembly does on two issues in state law that have long percolated and now are on the front burner. One is whether to lift a statewide hospital regulation, and the other involves insurance for those who can’t afford it. READ MORE
Nonprofit hospitals [in Georgia] under pressure over transparency, charity
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A powerful group of state lawmakers appears concerned about the secrecy and business practices of some nonprofits that operate Georgia hospitals, especially the nonprofits that run hospitals owned by public hospital authorities. | READ MORE
Flu statistics worrisome in Georgia, but it’s too early to predict impact
Georgia Health News
Public health officials said Tuesday that they’re concerned about flu trends in Georgia. It’s not clear whether the flu season could be as severe as last year’s, state epidemiologist Cherie Drenzek told the board of the Georgia Department of Public Health. “It’s too early to know,’’ she said, adding, “Some trends to date seem concerning.” | READ MORE
Most physicians not aware of CMS’s expanded virtual care provisions, survey finds
Healthcare Informatics

A recent Reaction Data survey found that two-thirds (67 percent) of physicians and health IT leaders are not aware of CMS’s expanded telemedicine reimbursement announcement. | READ MORE
Kaiser, Emory say their alliance is already showing good results
Georgia Health News
Two months after launch, Emory Healthcare and Kaiser Permanente say their new collaboration is working well for both sides. | READ MORE
Grady curbing ER overuse by showing patients a better way
Georgia Health News
Atlanta’s main safety-net hospital, Grady Memorial, is running a program that helps these ER ‘’frequent flyers’’ better manage their health through primary care – and not in an emergency room, which is the most expensive place to get medical services. | READ MORE
As health law case goes to appeals court, sign-ups steady
Associated Press
Democratic attorneys general on Thursday appealed a federal court ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, as new enrollment numbers underscored the staying power of the Obama-era law. The government reported that about 8.4 million Americans have signed up this year under the law, reflecting steady demand for its subsidized health insurance. | READ MORE
Most U.S. patients not using online medical portals
Reuters Health
Most people in the U.S. with health insurance don’t use the patient portals that are increasingly provided by doctors for online communication, a new study suggests. | READ MORE
More nurses providing primary care where MDs in short supply
Reuters
A growing number of nurse practitioners are providing primary care in rural and low-income U.S. communities where the physician workforce is shrinking, a new study suggests. | READ MORE
Prescription drug costs driven by manufacturer price hikes, not innovation
NPR
The skyrocketing cost of many prescription drugs in the U.S. can be blamed primarily on price increases, not expensive new therapies or improvements in existing medications as drug companies frequently claim, a new study shows. | READ MORE
Health advocates say schizophrenia should be reclassified as a brain disease
POLITICO
Mental health advocates are lobbying Congress to help them get schizophrenia classified as a brain disease like Parkinson’s or Alzheimers, instead of as a mental illness, a move that could reduce stigma and lead to more dollars for a cure. | READ MORE
1 in 5 adults think they have a food allergy. Fewer actually do, study shows
USA TODAY
Nearly 20 percent of American adults claim they're afflicted with a food allergy. Yet just 10 percent actually have a food allergy and even fewer — 1 in 20 — received a doctor's diagnosis, finds research published Friday in the medical journal JAMA. | READ MORE
Dodge these 5 organizational miscues to boost physician well-being
American Medical Association
Physician burnout continues to receive growing attention with more health care organizations searching for solutions to improve the well-being of their doctors and other health professionals. But just implementing a program without defining the goals, objectives and what determines success is not enough. | READ MORE
Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angst
Associated Press
Rising suicide rates and depression in U.S. teens and young adults have prompted researchers to ask a provocative question: Could the same devices that some people blame for contributing to tech-age angst also be used to detect it? | READ MORE
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