SEPTEMBER 12, 2019
Georgia physicians and pharmacists oppose Medicaid managed care merger (features MAG)
The Center Square
Georgia insurance regulators will decide next month whether or not to approve a merger of two managed care companies, WellCare of Georgia Inc. and Centene Corp. A group of Georgia physicians and pharmacists say a merger between the two companies could monopolize insurance coverage and jeopardize patients. READ MORE
Medical Association of Georgia encourages Georgians to get flu vaccine ASAP
Norwest Georgia News
The Medical Association of Georgia is encouraging Georgians to get vaccinated for the flu as soon as possible — and no later than the end of October — as physicians in the state have already reported caring for patients who have the flu. | READ MORE
70 million flu vaccines delayed this year [in the U.S.], according to CDC
Doctors are preparing for delays for this season's flu vaccine as formulation changes led at least one major manufacturer to ship its supply later than planned. | READ MORE
Investors’ deep-pocket push to defend surprise medical bills
Kaiser Health News
As proposals to ban surprise medical bills move through Congress and state legislatures with rare bipartisan support, physician groups have emerged as the loudest opponents. Opponents have been waging well-financed campaigns. | READ MORE
Companies pitch Georgia Senate health panel on potential for savings
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Just using data better might save the state $600 million in what it spends on publicly funded medical care. The state is responsible for billions of dollars in health care spending, including through programs such as the state employees’ health plan and Medicaid, the government insurance program for poor children and some adults. | READ MORE
Georgia now has third-highest percentage of uninsured, report shows
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s uninsured rate rose slightly in 2018, to 13.7 percent, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. | READ MORE
After some wild times, Georgia’s insurance marketplace starts to settle down
Georgians who buy Obamacare health insurance have been through some rocky times since the marketplace launched back in 2013: insurance providers have come and gone, premiums have fluctuated dramatically. As of late, a relative calm has settled upon the marketplace, but there are still many for whom coverage is still out of reach. | READ MORE
The fragile state of Georgia health care
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Veronica G. Brown needs a hip replacement. But, like 1.5 million other Georgians, she doesn’t have health insurance. | READ MORE
Human case of West Nile confirmed in Chatham County
Savannah Now
An adult living in Chatham County has been diagnosed with West Nile virus, a potentially serious illness transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. | READ MORE
Piedmont Healthcare accepting grants proposals [to address opioid misuse]
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Piedmont Healthcare’s community benefit grant program, which aims to improve the health and well-being of the community through direct service grants, is now accepting grants through Monday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. This year, Piedmont will provide $500,000 in funding for programs that eliminate barriers to affordable, appropriate care or address the current opioid crisis. | READ MORE
Columbus hospital looks to improve quality of care with new Emory Healthcare affiliation
St. Francis Hospital announced Wednesday it will become an affiliate of Emory Healthcare Network with the goal of improving “quality outcomes” and making “care more affordable for the region,” according to a press release. | READ MORE
Government plans to ban flavors used in e-cigarettes
Associated Press
The federal government will act to ban thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes, President Donald Trump said Wednesday, responding to a recent surge in underage vaping that has alarmed parents, politicians and health authorities nationwide. | READ MORE
Tentative opioids settlement falls short of nationwide deal
Associated Press
A tentative settlement announced Wednesday over the role Purdue Pharma played in the nation’s opioid addiction crisis falls short of the far-reaching national settlement the OxyContin maker had been seeking for months, with litigation sure to continue against the company and the family that owns it. | READ MORE
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