AUGUST 17, 2017
Doctors alarmed by Blue Cross’ ER policy (by MAG member John Sy, D.O.)
Savannah Morning News
With nearly 8,000 members, the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is the leading voice for physicians in the state. MAG’s mission is to “enhance patient care and the health of the public.” | READ MORE
Georgia doctors required to get opioid prescription training (includes MAG CEO quote) 
To help stem the opioid epidemic, all Georgia doctors will be required to get training on prescribing opioids under a new rule the state medical board approved last week. | READ MORE
Premiums to edge up for [Georgia] state workers and teachers, with options unchanged
Georgia Health News
State employees and teachers will face an average premium increase of about 3.7 percent for coverage next year in the State Health Benefit Plan. | READ MORE
[Georgia] Medicaid chief departs with no official explanation
Georgia Health News
The director of Georgia Medicaid has left that position, state officials said Tuesday. | READ MORE
Rep. Jason Spencer: Medicaid expansion is a proven loser, so don’t fall for it
Georgia Health News
The chaos that continues to engulf the health care debate in Washington, D.C.. reaffirms the assertion that states must forge their own paths to protect the most vulnerable people in their communities. | READ MORE
Doctors urge Georgia college students to get Meningitis B vaccine (includes MAG reference)
11 Alive
Four physician groups in Georgia will hand-deliver a letter to University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley Wednesday to urge him to encourage students to get a new meningitis vaccine. | READ MORE
Survey: Medical groups find complying with MIPS extremely burdensome
Healthcare Informatics
Medical groups feel the pressure of regulatory burdens, with the vast majority of physician practices finding it difficult to comply with the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). | READ MORE
Express Scripts to limit opioids; doctors concerned
Associated Press
The nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb an epidemic affecting millions of Americans. | READ MORE
South Carolina sues drug manufacturer over opioid crisis
Money 105.5
South Carolina has become the latest state to accuse a drug manufacturer of exacerbating its opioid drug crisis by using deceptive marketing, with the state's top prosecutor suing the maker of OxyContin. | READ MORE
Dougherty County commission votes to oppose Lee County hospital
The Dougherty County Commission has just voted 5 to 2 to send a letter to the state Department of Community Health, opposing the granting of a certificate of need for the proposed Lee County hospital. | READ MORE
AU researchers looking into ways to better treat osteoporosis
The Augusta Chronicle
For Frances McKenzie, it was a pop in her left foot that told her it was broken and led to a diagnosis of osteoporosis or thinning bones. | READ MORE
End-of-life advice: More than 500,000 chat on Medicare’s dime
Kaiser Health News
The 90-year-old woman in the San Diego-area nursing home was quite clear, said Dr. Karl Steinberg. She didn’t want aggressive measures to prolong her life. If her heart stopped, she didn’t want CPR. | READ MORE
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