MARCH 21, 2019
The Jolt: Medical Association of Georgia opposes ‘heartbeat’ bill (features MAG president)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
On Monday, the state Senate Science and Technology Committee voted 3-2, along both gender and partisan lines, to advance House Bill 481, the “heartbeat” measure that would ban nearly all abortions in Georgia. READ MORE
[MAG] opposes heartbeat bill (features MAG president)
Daily Citizen-News
An influential group that represents thousands of medical doctors at the state Capitol has come out against a measure that would ban most abortions after a heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. | READ MORE
[Georgia Gov. Brian] Kemp threatens ‘executive action’ if hospital deregulation push stalls
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday threatened “executive action” if the General Assembly does not pass legislation to free up competition for hospitals. | READ MORE
Effort to tamp down surprise ER bills faces trouble in Georgia House (features MAG GR director)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Georgia Legislature appears set to go another year without passing legislation addressing surprise billing, leaving Georgia hospital patients to face potentially thousands of dollars in unexpected doctor bills. | READ MORE
Sometimes you just don’t know (by MAG CEO Donald J. Palmisano Jr.) 
ABMS Insights
Knowing how unpopular MOC has been with physicians in Georgia, I walked into my first Vision Commission meeting ready for a good fight – ready to be a zealous advocate for my constituents. But it didn’t take too long for my blood pressure to drop. | READ MORE
State seeks new enrollment for patients caught in contract rift
Georgia Health News
Federal health officials are reviewing a Georgia request for a new enrollment period for insurance exchange members who use WellStar Health System doctors and hospitals. | READ MORE
Did your doctor ‘ghost’ you? An employment contract may be to blame
Kaiser Health News
Contracts with so-called restrictive covenants are now common in medicine, although some states limit their use. | READ MORE
How burnout in physicians compares to other professional degrees
AMA Wire
Does whether you have a medical, doctor of philosophy (PhD) or juris doctor (JD) degree, play a role in your risk for professional burnout? It does. | READ MORE
AMA: Health payers lagging with prior authorization reform
Health payers have not made meaningful progress with prior authorization reform, the American Medical Association (AMA) recently argued following the release of their new physician survey. | READ MORE
Deaths from dementia have more than doubled in U.S., report says
Dementia not only affects memory and quality of life, it can be fatal. A report released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that the rate of Americans who died from dementia has more than doubled from 30.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2000 to 66.7 in 2017. | READ MORE
OxyContin's maker is accused of fueling the opioid epidemic. Its new overdose antidote was just fast-tracked by the FDA
The company whose drugs are at the center of America's deadly opioid epidemic was given a green light Wednesday to accelerate the development of a new opioid antidote. | READ MORE
Warm Springs hospital started by FDR settles federal dispute
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The historic Georgia hospital that said a federal payment dispute pushed it toward closing is now out of danger, hospital representatives said. | READ MORE
Forsyth still No. 1 as county health rankings show familiar pattern
Georgia Health News
Once again, Forsyth County ranks as the healthiest county in Georgia. | READ MORE
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