JANUARY 4, 2018
Health care to get attention in Legislature, Ralston says
Georgia Health News
Georgia legislative sessions during election years tend to be quick and fairly quiet, without a lot of “heavy-lift” proposals being passed. READ MORE
Georgia’s Top 10 health care stories in 2017
Georgia Health News
Here are the Top 10 health care stories from 2017 as rated by Georgia Health News. READ MORE
Stunning increase in enrollment for Georgia’s insurance exchange
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s insurance exchange showed an astonishing surge in the last scheduled week of Open Enrollment, roughly doubling the total enrolled to 482,904. | READ MORE
McCaskill wants Anthem to turn over documents related to restrictive ER policy
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sen. Claire McCaskill wants answers from Anthem Inc. on its restrictive emergency room policy.  | READ MORE
Fight continues against Anthem pay cut for same-day services
AMA Wire
Physicians have vowed to continue pushing back against a health insurer’s plan to reduce payment for significant, separately identifiable evaluation and management (E/M) services that are provided on the same day a procedure is performed or a wellness exam is conducted. | READ MORE
Smyrna is first Georgia city with hands-free driving law (mentions MAG, MAG GR director)
Breaking a tie vote, Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon voted Jan. 2 in favor of the city’s proposed Hands-Free Ordinance. | READ MORE
Flu cases widespread in Georgia, CDC says
News 4 Jax
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said an early outbreak of the influenza virus has hit Georgia especially hard. Georgia was named one of 36 states where the flu is reportedly widespread.  | READ MORE
Medicare penalties for patient injuries to hit Georgia hospitals hard
Georgia Health News
About one-third of eligible Georgia hospitals will see a reduction in Medicare payments in 2018 because of a high rate of patient injuries. | READ MORE
Savannah’s hospitals report business as usual
Savannah Morning News
All three of Savannah’s major hospitals and their emergency rooms remain open today. | READ MORE
More women entering medical school [in U.S.] this year than men
The Augusta Chronicle
As a first-year student at the Medical College of Georgia, Sarah Sussman had a powerful role model to emulate: her grandmother, Dr. Harriet Sussman, who became a physician in the 1940s when it was much more difficult for women to get into medical school. | READ MORE
Tax on medical devices to resume after 2-year suspension
USA Today
While much of corporate America will enjoy a tax cut in the new year, one industry is getting a tax increase it has fought hard but so far unsuccessfully to avoid. | READ MORE
Pharma, under attack for drug prices, started an industry war
The Washington Post
It’s not easy to get Americans mad at a behind-the-scenes industry they’ve barely even heard of, but pharmaceutical companies have spent most of this year trying. | READ MORE
There is a shortage of doctors specializing in older patients – here’s why that needs to change
Market Watch
In a class of about 160 medical school graduates, Christian Gausvik, 27, was the only one interested in pursuing a career in geriatrics. | READ MORE
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