JUNE 29, 2017
[MAG] reacts to Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia ER policy (features MAG CEO)
WABE
"Morning Edition" host Denis O'Hayer talked with Donald Palmisano, the executive director of the Medical Association of Georgia, which has 7,800 members in the state. | READ MORE
Lawsuit alleges Blue Cross Blue Shield is underpaying already-struggling Fort Oglethorpe hospital
GeorgiaPol
On April 10, 2017, Cornerstone Medical Center of Fort Oglethorpe and ApolloMD Business Services, the company that runs Cornerstone, sued Blue Cross Blue Shield in Walker County Superior Court, alleging that the insurer has refused to pay contractually agreed upon rates for services, which has severely damaged the financial stability of the hospital. | READ MORE
Gov. Deal on Medicaid cuts in Senate bill: 'That needs to be done'
WABE
Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday voiced his support for cuts to Medicaid in a controversial Senate health care bill that experts said would leave Georgia lawmakers with a difficult choice about whether to spend more taxpayer money on health care, or reduce the 1.7 million Georgians who rely on the program. | READ MORE
Medicaid recipients with disabilities face funding cuts under GOP bills
Georgia Health News
The potential cuts in the Medicaid program, as outlined in the GOP health care bills, have a deeply felt meaning for Mitzi Proffitt and her family. | READ MORE
Georgia saves up to $56 million booting ineligibles from health plan
AJC
Georgia’s massive health care plan that covers teachers, state employees, retirees and their dependents is hoping to save big money by kicking ineligible Georgians off the rolls. | READ MORE
Police in Dalton, Chattanooga now carry Narcan to revive OD victims (features MAG Foundation)
WTVC
The Dalton Police Department (DPD) issued overdose reversal kits to officers which can be used in the field for people experiencing an opioid overdose. | READ MORE
Emory, CDC, Children's Healthcare ask to join [the city of] Atlanta
WABE
Emory University, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have asked to be annexed into the city of Atlanta. All three institutions are on Clifton Road, in what is now unincorporated DeKalb County. | READ MORE
Report finds [Athens area] charity clinic helps more than its patients
Georgia Health News
A report by University of Georgia researchers shows that an Athens-area charitable health clinic is helping to reduce the number of unnecessary ER visits. | READ MORE
FDA to clear path for drugs aimed at cancer-causing genes
Bloomberg
For years, doctors have identified cancers by the affected body part: lung, breast, kidney. Now, in a long-awaited move, U.S. drug regulators will simplify the approval of treatments targeting specific gene mutations that can spur tumors in a variety of organs. | READ MORE
What doctors are doing about bad reviews online
The Wall Street Journal
When Basil Besh, an orthopedic hand surgeon based in Fremont, Calif., decided in 2009 to start his own surgery center, he knew he had to have a strong presence on the web to be competitive. | READ MORE
Rain increases need to protect against mosquitoes that may carry Zika
AJC
Amid all the rain falling on the Atlanta area last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new datafinding a substantial increase in the number of southern U.S. counties with two mosquito species capable of spreading Zika. | READ MORE
Grady gets big corporate grant to help fight HIV
Georgia Health News
The Grady Health Foundation announced Wednesday that a giant biopharmaceutical company is donating $2 million to help renovate the Grady system’s HIV/AIDS center in Atlanta. | READ MORE
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