MARCH 23, 2017
[Georgia] House panel okays new plan to halt 'surprise' bills; doctors voice opposition (quotes MAG’s president)
Georgia Health News

The House Insurance Committee on Monday passed revamped legislation to reduce “surprise billing,’’ in which patients using hospitals in their insurance network may still get unexpected bills from doctors who are not in the network.
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Georgia House panel passes bill limiting 'surprise' doctor bills (quotes MAG’s president)
WABE

The House Insurance Committee on Monday passed revamped legislation to reduce “surprise billing,’’ in which patients using hospitals in their insurance network may still get unexpected bills from doctors who are not in the network.
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Opinion: Taking 'surprise' out of medical bills (quotes MAG’s president)
Ledger-Enquirer

Medical patients in Georgia can still get hit with separate and often hefty invoices after they’ve received what they thought was insurance-covered treatment at their in-network hospitals. But a Senate bill that passed the House Insurance Committee this week is designed to make these notorious “surprise” medical bills less frequent, and less of a surprise.
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Experts worry about loopholes in Georgia prescription drug bill (quotes MAG’s CEO)
Associated Press
Georgia lawmakers have reached a compromise on a bill that would require doctors to log into a pill-tracking database before prescribing painkillers and other high-risk drugs. The goal is to curtail the overprescribing of opioids.
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Georgia Senate backs effort to curtail the overprescribing of opioids (mentions MAG)
AJC
A measure requiring doctors to log into a pill-tracking database before prescribing painkillers and other high-risk drugs won unanimously approval Wednesday from the Georgia Senate, as supporters have said the effort would help curtail the overprescribing of opioids.
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Op-ed: Eye injections should be reserved for medical doctors (by MAG’s president)
The Newnan Times-Herald
We, as Americans, aspire to be great. It’s why we lead the world in creativity, innovation, and economic growth. Yet, occasionally, our efforts have unintended — and potentially dangerous — consequences. Here’s a good example: A proposed change to Georgia law that would allow optometrists to treat patients with injections in and around the eyes.
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Op-ed: Proposed change to relax eye care regulations will have dangerous consequences (by MAG member)
The Telegraph
There’s a movement afoot in Georgia’s General Assembly to allow optometrists to treat patients with injections in and around the eyes. I think it’s a very bad idea, and so do numerous medical professionals and organizations.
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Who’s who in the race to fill the state Senate seat in east Cobb (mentions MAG member Roy Daniels, M.D.)
AJC
Tom Price’s ascension from congressman to health and human services secretary set off a domino effect that’s playing out most prominently in Cobb and Fulton counties. | READ MORE
Trump travel ban could worsen doctor shortage (quotes MAG member)
AJC
Dr. Heval Kelli has treated all sorts of patients while studying in Atlanta to become a physician: Young and old. Rich and poor. Black and white. Civilians and U.S. military veterans.
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Recent events hearten advocates of Georgia’s rural hospitals
Georgia Health News

This week, the fortunes of rural hospitals in Georgia took a turn for the better.Voters in Monroe and Jefferson counties Tuesday approved tax increases to help preserve their rural hospitals, which are in financial danger.
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Bibb County Medical Society names officers (mentions MAG members)
The Telegraph
Bibb County Medical Society named the following doctors as officers for 2017.
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Memorial Health set to start search for a CEO
Savannah Now
The board chairman at Memorial Health said Wednesday that newly hired interim CEO Kerry Watson has been brought on board to help stabilize the financial picture at the health care provider, but added that a search for a permanent CEO will likely begin within the month.
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Prescription drug costs are on the rise; so are the TV ads promoting them
Kaiser Health News
Laura Ries was moved to action when she saw a TV commercial that portrayed a woman enjoying time with her grandchildren after taking Lyrica, a prescription medication for diabetic nerve pain. Ries’ elderly mother suffered from just that problem.
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