JANUARY 17, 2019
Sen. Ben Watson, M.D., to chair Georgia Senate HHS Committee
Georgia Senate Press Office
Sen. Ben Watson (R – Savannah) was recently appointed to serve as Chairman of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and to serve on several influential committees for the 2019 Legislative Session by the Senate Committee on Assignments. READ MORE
Brian Kemp: Georgia will seek Medicaid waivers
Atlanta-Journal Constitution
Gov. Brian Kemp said Thursday his administration would request a waiver from the federal government to seek new flexibility to use Medicaid dollars, using his first State of the State address to embrace an idea to “expand access without expanding a broken system.” | READ MORE
Hospital groups open to a few CON changes; critics say more needed
Georgia Health News
As Georgia lawmakers push to revamp health care regulations, two major hospital groups have proposed some revisions to the state certificate-of-need system. | READ MORE
Report: Georgia on track to exceed medical residency goal
A state report says that Georgia's on track to exceed its goal for expanding opportunities for young doctors, but still lags behind national and southeastern averages for medical residents. | READ MORE
Hospitals' solution to surprise out-of-network bills: Make physicians go in-network
Modern Healthcare
MemorialCare executive John Cascell believes physicians are privileged to be chosen to work in the system's hospitals and clinics. | READ MORE
Nationwide shingles vaccine shortage target of federal shutdown
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is using the nationwide shingles vaccine shortage as another example of why the federal government needs to get back to work. | READ MORE
No quick fix for physician burnout, depression
Close to 44 percent of U.S. physicians are burned out, and 15 percent are depressed and thinking about suicide, according to a survey conducted by Medscape. | READ MORE
The real reason docs burn out
Medical Economics
Pediatrician Karen Ailsworth, MD, began her career with a multi-specialty practice in Baraboo, Wisc. She enjoyed the job at first, but a couple of years after she started an HMO bought the practice, and soon afterward conditions began to change for the worse. | READ MORE
Northeast Georgia Medical Center anticipates $12 million project for Braselton hospital expansion
The Times
In order to meet the increasing community demand, Northeast Georgia Medical Center plans to expand its Braselton hospital. | READ MORE
Walgreens teams with Microsoft as both wrestle Amazon threats
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is teaming with Microsoft Corp. to design new “digital health corners” for its stores, as both companies look to battle an ever-expanding Amazon.com Inc. | READ MORE
U.S. medical marketing reaches $30 billion, drug ads top surge
ABC News
Ads for prescription drugs appeared 5 million times in just one year, capping a recent surge in U.S. medical marketing, a new analysis found. | READ MORE
Public spaces should stock bleeding-control kits for mass casualties, experts say
As mass-casualty events and violent attacks in the U.S. continue to increase, military and emergency medicine experts are recommending that public venues install bleeding-control kits for at least 20 victims. | READ MORE
ACEP: Blue Cross & Blue Shield policy in Mississippi puts patients at risk
PR Newswire
The Mississippi Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (MS-ACEP) and its national organization today came out against a policy change that Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi (BCBS-MS) recently implemented that makes patients responsible for all the costs of an emergency visit if the insurer decides, after the fact, that the decision to seek care in an emergency department  did not "align with the diagnosis severity." | READ MORE
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