NOVEMBER 2, 2017
[An] Important message from the [Georgia DPH] commissioner (related to PDMP)  
Georgia Department of Public Health
I am writing as your Commissioner to remind you about a critical deadline that is fast approaching for prescribers to register in the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). READ MORE
[President] Trump orders public health emergency for opioids, a partial measure to fight drug epidemic
USA Today
President Trump ordered his health secretary to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency Thursday — but stopped short of declaring a more sweeping state of national emergency.  | READ MORE
CMS to ease physician burden, give more patient time
MedPage Today
The Trump administration wants to give doctors more time with patients by rolling back the regulatory requirements foisted on physicians over the years. | READ MORE
Sources: CVS makes more than $66 billion bid for Aetna
U.S. pharmacy operator CVS Health Corp has made an offer to acquire No. 3 U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc for more than $200 per share, or over $66 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.   READ MORE
Aetna has solid 2Q
U.S. News and World Report
Aetna's second-quarter profit jumped 52 percent to top expectations, and the nation's third-largest health insurer raised its 2017 forecast again, this time well beyond analyst projections. | READ MORE
Should Georgia require drivers to use hands-free phone technology? 
A state House of Representatives committee studying distracted driving held its last meeting Monday and will soon begin crafting recommendations on how to combat the problem. | READ MORE
Statewide strategy? Piedmont, Columbus Regional OK partnership
Georgia Health News
Piedmont Healthcare is continuing its hospital expansion push with an agreement to partner with a large Columbus system. | READ MORE
As some states make gains, Georgia stuck in 40th on hospital safety
Georgia Health News
Georgia stayed in 40th place among states in percentages of hospitals with top safety ratings, in the latest report from the Leapfrog Group. | READ MORE
Crisp oncology unit gets upgrade
Cordele Dispatch
It’s taken a while, but the Crisp County Regional Hospital’s Oncology Unit is entering the final stages of its renovations. | READ MORE
ER visits for diabetes on the rise in Georgia
Georgia Health News
Roughly twice a month, a charitable clinic in rural South Georgia gets a referral from a local hospital regarding a patient with diabetes. | READ MORE
March of Dimes gives state another ‘D’ on preterm births
Georgia Health News
A new March of Dimes report card gives Georgia a “D’’ grade for its preterm birth rate, which rose last year to 11.2 percent from 10.8 percent. | READ MORE
How kids can get free eyeglasses
For years, money expert Clark Howard has talked about buying cheap prescription lenses and frames online at prices starting as low as $12 (including shipping!) | READ MORE
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