JANUARY 16, 2020
Surprise billing, maternal mortality, PBMs: [Georgia] Lawmakers talk health care agenda
Georgia Health News
A key state senator said Tuesday that he is optimistic a compromise plan on easing the problem of surprise medical billing will finally pass the Georgia General Assembly this year. | READ MORE
Senate bill seeks an end to surprise hospital charges in Georgia (quotes MAG Government Relations Director Derek Norton)
Rome News-Tribune
The days of unexpectedly big hospital bills in Georgia could be nearing an end if a bill filed Tuesday in the state Senate reaches the finish line during the current legislative session. | READ MORE
Georgia bill would allow those seeking abortions to opt out of counseling, viewing ultrasound
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
[A Georgia] lawmaker has proposed legislation that would make it easier for those seeking abortions…takes aim at the “Women’s Right to Know Act” that requires those seeking an abortion to take a series of steps – including undergoing an ultrasound and receiving state-approved information, then waiting 24 hours after the counseling is given to undergo the procedure – before terminating a pregnancy…bill would allow women to choose to bypass the requirements. | READ MORE
MAG member Michelle Au, M.D., running for Georgia Senate seat
Press Release
Anesthesiologist, mother of three, and first-generation Chinese American Michelle Au, M.D., announced today that she is running to be the Democratic nominee for State Senate District 48. | READ MORE
[MAG member John Cowan, M.D.] announces run for U.S. Rep. seat
Rome News-Tribune
A local doctor and businessman has announced his intention to enter the race for the U.S. House District 14 seat representing Northwest Georgia. Dr. John Cowan, a Harbin Clinic neurosurgeon with long ties to the local Republican party, formally unveiled his campaign Tuesday morning. | READ MORE
Flu season shaping up to be one of the worst in years
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The 2019-20 flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in years. And the flu vaccine may not be well matched to the viruses that are circulating, though experts say there’s still some benefit to getting the shot. | READ MORE
[Rep. Sharon Cooper] Opinion: A path toward fixing Georgia’s assisted living system
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Our aging population deserves better protection from our state, and those who are responsible for looking after our senior citizens should be held to the highest standard. | READ MORE
[Georgia] launches more consumer-friendly website with inspection reports on health care facilities
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A month after a glitch took the state’s health care facility website offline, the Georgia Department of Community Health on Thursday restored online access while launching a new version of the website with crucial licensing and inspection information for thousands of facilities. | READ MORE
Another strong UnitedHealth quarter, 2019 profit at $13.84 billion
Associated Press
UnitedHealth’s fourth-quarter net income surged 16%, and investors shrugged off a rare revenue miss to make the nation’s largest health insurer one of the biggest gainers in Wednesday trading. | READ MORE
Emory, LifePoint teaming up to run hospital in Columbus
Georgia Health News
A Columbus hospital is now owned and operated by a new joint venture between Emory Healthcare and Tennessee-based LifePoint Health. With the agreement…Emory would extend its affiliation with the 376-bed St. Francis Hospital. | READ MORE
State auditors examine Georgia hospitals’ expenses on lobbying
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A report released by state auditors as lawmakers started a new legislative session showed that in one recent year the state’s hospitals spent more than $7 million trying to influence legislation. | READ MORE
Doctors average 16 minutes on the computer for every patient
For each patient they see, doctors spend about 16 minutes using electronic health records, a U.S. study finds. | READ MORE
FDA approves drugs faster than ever but relies on weaker evidence, researchers find
The Food and Drug Administration has gotten faster at approving new prescription drugs over the past four decades, but the evidence it relies on in making those decisions is getting weaker, according to new research published Tuesday. | READ MORE
Medscape National Physician Burnout & Suicide Report 2020
Which physicians are most affected by suicide and burnout? In our 2020 National Physician Burnout & Suicide Report, take a deeper look at how physicians differ by generation. | READ MORE
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