OCTOBER 8, 2020
Health care’s new reality in Georgia (features MAG President Andrew Reisman, M.D. & former AMA President Patrice Harris, M.D.)
Georgia Trend
Very little on the health care landscape looks the way it did when the year started. If you had a doctor’s appointment, a hospital stay or an ER visit in January or February, you had a very different experience than you would today. It’s kind of like flying in August 2001 before events of 9/11 changed air travel forever. Almost as suddenly, the COVID crisis has altered health care. READ MORE
Latest $20 billion round of CARES Act physician relief now open
AMA Wire
The Department of Health and Human Services is disbursing another $20 billion in financial relief for physician practices and other health care delivery organizations and clinicians that is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. | READ MORE
AMA adds CPT codes for multi-virus tests for COVID-19, flu
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Medical Association is adding two new codes to the Current Procedural Terminology code set. The codes are for multi-virus tests that can detect both COVID-19 and other viruses, like the flu. | READ MORE
[Gov.] Kemp says ‘Georgians have stepped up to the plate’ to fight coronavirus
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Many Georgians have done their part to help fight the coronavirus, Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday. But with the flu season approaching, it’s not the time to back off safety measures to help fight the virus, the governor said at a COVID-19 media briefing. | READ MORE
National poll highlights perils of COVID-19 in rural Georgia
Georgia Health News
Many rural households are struggling with access to health care and financial problems during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a national poll released Wednesday. | READ MORE
Car crashes, falls, suicide attempts: Georgia hospitals report rise in trauma cases
Georgia Health News
From car accidents to gunshot wounds to bicycle crashes, some major Georgia hospitals are reporting an increase in trauma cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began. | READ MORE
Teachers, parents express concerns as Atlanta schools plan to bring students back in person
As COVID-19 cases decline in metro Atlanta, more school districts are rolling out plans to bring students back in person. | READ MORE
Health groups turn up heat on 2021 Medicare Fee Schedule
MedPage Today
Physician groups and other health care providers continued expressing their dissatisfaction with the 2021 Medicare physician fee schedule proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. | READ MORE
Georgia Supreme Court rules in favor of rural Macon County hospital
Rockdale-Newton Citizen
The Georgia Supreme Court Monday overturned a lower-court ruling requiring a hospital in rural Montezuma, Georgia to get the state’s permission to expand its capacity to serve psychiatric/substance abuse patients. | READ MORE
U.S. panel tackles race, poverty in virus vaccine priorities
Associated Press
A U.S. advisory panel made recommendations Friday for who should be first in line to get COVID-19 vaccine, including a plea for special efforts by states and cities to get the shots to low-income minority groups. | READ MORE
Study finds female doctors work harder for less money
Female doctors get paid less than male doctors, but a new study disputes the common wisdom that it's because they work less. | READ MORE
Easier-to-use coronavirus saliva tests start to catch on
Kaiser Health News
As the coronavirus pandemic broke out across the country, health care providers and scientists relied on the standard method for detecting respiratory viruses: sticking a long swab deep into the nose to get a sample. The obstacles to implementing such testing on a mass scale quickly became clear. | READ MORE
Medical scribes ease EHR documentation, boost provider profits
Health organizations can offset the cost of hiring a medical scribe within a year because of increased profits due to a spike in patient visits, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. | READ MORE
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