JULY 6, 2017
Health plans for many [Georgia] Medicaid recipients about to change
Georgia Health News
Tens of thousands of Georgia Medicaid beneficiaries are set to switch health plans over the weekend in an unprecedented shift in enrollment for the government program. READ MORE
Pediatricians worry about what Senate bill would do to Medicaid
Georgia Health News
Two of three Medicaid beneficiaries in Georgia are children. The national average is lower, with 43 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries being kids, but the numbers are still huge. | READ MORE
Senate health care plan could 'punish' Georgia, state officials say
The Daily Citizen
There is growing concern in Georgia that the U.S. Senate’s proposed health care plan may penalize the state for not expanding its insurance program for the poor and disabled under current federal law. | READ MORE
For millions, life without Medicaid services is no option
The New York Times
Frances Isbell has spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disorder that has left her unable to walk or even roll over in bed. But Ms. Isbell has a personal care assistant through Medicaid, and the help allowed her to go to law school at the University of Alabama here. She will graduate next month. | READ MORE
[Sens.] Isakson, Perdue seek last-minute changes to health care bill
AJC
Georgia U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue are not seen as swing votes on the Republican health care bill. | READ MORE
Who pays when someone without insurance shows up in the ER?
USA Today
If an uninsured patient shows up in the emergency room, who pays? The hospital? Taxpayers? The patient? Other patients? | READ MORE
New law aims to combat prescription drug abuse [in Georgia]
GPB
A new law that will help fight the opioid crisis in Georgia that [went] into effect on July 1. | READ MORE
[City of Madison] Opioid Training (features MAG Foundation)
Morgan County Citizen
As the opioid crisis sweeps across the nation, law enforcement agencies are embracing proactive efforts to equip officers with life-saving medicine and training to stop the deadly effect of a drug overdose.  The City of Madison police force completed training to administer Narcan, a “miracle drug” given to individuals in the midst of an opioid overdose. | READ MORE
The lab says it’s cancer. But sometimes the lab is wrong.
The New York Times
It was the sort of bad news every patient fears. Merlin Erickson, a 69-year-old retired engineer in Abingdon, Md., was told last year that a biopsy of his prostate was positive for cancer. | READ MORE
New CEO named for Piedmont Newton Hospital
The Citizens
Dr. Eric Bour has been named the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Piedmont Newton Hospital, replacing Jim Weadick. Kevin Brown, President and CEO of the parent company, Piedmont Healthcare, issued a news release on the appointment Wednesday morning. | READ MORE
Navicent Health highest bidder for Milledgeville hospital in bankruptcy proceedings
The Telegraph
Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville will be sold to Macon-based Navicent Health according to a ruling issued Friday by Judge Austin E. Carter of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Georgia. | READ MORE
Incoming AU medical residents can’t get visas to train
The Augusta Chronicle
Two incoming Augusta University anesthesiology residents may miss changeover day due to delays in obtaining visas to live and work in the U.S. | READ MORE
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