OCTOBER 11, 2018
CVS-Aetna deal that aims to overhaul health care cleared
CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc. received conditional approval to proceed with their proposed $68 billion merger, one of the largest in a series of recent deals that stand to transform the U.S. health-care business. READ MORE
Family physicians to test new option for 10-year MOC exam
MedPage Today
A new, more flexible alternative to the current 10-year "high stakes" exam for maintenance of certification will soon be available to family physicians, the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) announced here on Tuesday. | READ MORE
Medicare Advantage plans shift their financial risk to doctors
Kaiser Health News
Dr. Christopher Rao jumped out of his office chair. He’d just learned an elderly patient at high risk of falling was resisting his advice to go to an inpatient rehabilitation facility following a hip fracture. | READ MORE
CMS may expand Medicare coverage for blood pressure screening
Modern Healthcare
The CMS is considering expanding Medicare coverage for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) devices after requests from the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association. | READ MORE
61% of physicians say EHR systems reduce clinical efficiency
EHR Intelligence
EHR systems continue to fall short of provider expectations and detract from the joys of practicing medicine, according to a recent national survey by The Doctors Company. | READ MORE
The HPV vaccine was just approved for adults up to age 45. Should they get it?
Live Science
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced last week that Gardasil 9, the HPV vaccine, is now approved for use in people ages 27 to 45. | READ MORE
Piedmont Athens gets state OK for renovation
Georgia Health News
Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center has received state approval for a $171 million hospital renovation and construction project. | READ MORE
Northeast Georgia Medical Center joins national initiative for heart condition treatment
Gwinnett Daily Post
Though only half of all people treated for cardiogenic shock — a condition in which the heart suddenly can’t pump enough blood throughout the body — survive, a local hospital is hoping to help change that by joining the National Cardiogenic Shock Initiative. | READ MORE
Poll: Many seniors in Savannah, U.S. plan to skip getting a flu shot
Georgia Health News
Just 70 percent of Savannah seniors plan to get a flu shot this season, according to a new survey. | READ MORE
Rural tax credit benefits Lanier, Berrien hospitals
Valdosta Daily Times
The South Georgia Medical Center Berrien and Lanier campuses have received pledges of approximately $1.2 million in donations through the Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit program. | READ MORE
Better insurance coverage of non-drug therapies might help ease opioid crisis
When it comes to non-drug therapies for back pain, U.S. insurance plans vary widely in what they will cover, a new study finds. | READ MORE
Patient handoffs: 4 best practices medical residents must heed
AMA Wire
You can make the right diagnosis, order the right treatments and have your patient well on the way to a safe discharge from the hospital. | READ MORE
IRS issues guidance on deductibility of business meals
Associated Press
The IRS is making it simpler for business owners to deduct the cost of meals with customers and clients. | READ MORE
No surprise: LGBT teens more likely to attempt suicide
MedPage Today
Sexual minority youths had a higher risk of attempting suicide than their heterosexual peers, a systematic review and meta-analysis found. | READ MORE
This isn't your parents' concierge care
MedPage Today
Concierge medical care in the U.S. used to be pretty straightforward -- pay a fairly substantial annual membership fee, usually $1,500 or more, and get a lengthy annual physical, same-day visits, health coaching, and 24/7 cellphone access to your physician -- or get dropped from the practice. | READ MORE
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