OCTOBER 26, 2017
Fulton sues for harm caused by opioid drug manufacturers, distributors
Saporta Report
Fulton County’s top elected official said the county is seeking redress for “great harm” as he announced on Monday that Fulton is suing more than two dozen entities that manufacture or distribute opioid drugs. READ MORE
FDA chief supports opioid prescription limits, regrets agency's prior inaction
USA Today
The Food and Drug Administration's new chief says he doesn't want to repeat the mistakes made when he was at the agency in the 2000s and the government failed to regulate opioids more. | READ MORE
Authorities working to monitor overdoses resulting from opioid drugs
The Augusta Chronicle
As the epidemic of opioids continues to rise nationwide, authorities in Richmond and surrounding counties are growing increasingly concerned about their use with other drugs to enhance potency. | READ MORE
Georgia lawmaker wants Medicaid expansion with flexibility
Republican State Sen. Renee Unterman says it’s time for Georgia to ask for federal health care dollars that come with Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. | READ MORE
What consumers need to know about enrollment for ACA exchange
Georgia Health News
Confused about the fate of “repeal and replace,” about big premium hikes, about “insurer bailouts’’’ being eliminated? | READ MORE
Health insurance group seeks to pair millennials with health plans, announces $39 million investment in Rome
Rome News-Tribune
The Georgia Department of Economic Development today announced that Candor, a healthcare coverage marketplace specializing in pairing millennial consumers with top health plans, will create 675 professional jobs over a 5-year period in Floyd County. Through 2023, the company plans to invest $39 million into the local economy as it hires, builds out and trains its technical, sales and customer management teams. | READ MORE
With rural hospitals closing, why opening one [in Lee County] gets backlash
GPB News
Hospital closures make it harder to get health care in rural Georgia. And they hit the economy hard, too. Yet, one South Georgia county’s attempt to open a new for-profit hospital is creating controversy. | READ MORE
Atlanta company working on painless flu shot alternative
For needle-phobic people, flu shot season is ripe with mental tennis matches centered around if it’s worse to get the vaccine or chance the sickness. Georgia Tech and Emory researchers may have found the cure to this seasonal internal struggle: a painless, self-administered microneedle patch. | READ MORE
Mobile unit shows off telemedicine for VA patients
The Augusta Chronicle
The lasers scanned across the large wound in the heel of the foot and soon its exact dimensions popped up in a line down the right hand side of the screen. This and other technologies on display Monday are how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is using telemedicine and interactive devices to try and improve care and access to care for patients. | READ MORE
Valdosta native strives to prevent stroke deaths
The Valdosta Daily Times
Progress in preventing strokes in the United States has halted and is beginning to show signs of backtracking, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. | READ MORE
Augusta University looking at potential long-lasting method in sickle cell patients bone marrow transplants
The Augusta Chronicle
Alexis Jones-Heggs, 32, is planning for a lot of things she just couldn’t do before. She would like to travel to the mountains. She wants to swim underwater. She wants to fly in an airplane for the first time and much more than that. | READ MORE
Athenahealth cutting jobs, but outlook in Atlanta unclear
Athenahealth, the Massachusetts-based electronic medical records company with a substantial operation in metro Atlanta, said Thursday it plans to cut its workforce by 9 percent as part of a cost cutting plan. | READ MORE
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