JANUARY 24, 2019
WellStar/Anthem dispute could mean some patients will be out of network
Marietta Daily Journal
The largest healthcare system in Georgia is having a spat with the state’s biggest health insurance company, and it could mean bad news for some patients who purchased insurance on the individual exchange. READ MORE
The net cost of Medicaid expansion in Georgia: About $200 million a year by 2022 
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As Gov. Brian Kemp prepared last week to endorse a Medicaid waiver, dozens of House Democrats signed a measure demanding a full-on expansion of the program. And this week, they received a new price tag for the initiative. | READ MORE
AJC poll: Georgians say they obey distracted driving law most of the time
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Larry Benator of Johns Creek used to hold his phone while talking and driving. He saw plenty of people around him doing the same thing or, worse, with their heads down, texting behind the wheel. | READ MORE
Georgia leaders addressing mental health’s role in student failure
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
When Gov. Brian Kemp revealed his plans for the state budget this week, teacher pay raises grabbed much of the attention, but a smaller line item could have a much bigger impact on students. | READ MORE
Opinion: How [Piedmont Healthcare is] addressing [the] opioid epidemic
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
As a response to the ever-escalating opioid epidemic in the U.S., Piedmont Healthcare President and CEO Kevin Brown in June convened a task force to review how our health system should address this damaging public health crisis. | READ MORE
University, AU Health sign agreement to work together on cancer treatment
The Augusta Chronicle
University Hospital and AU Health have signed an agreement to partner on some outpatient cancer services starting June 1. | READ MORE
Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center CEO resigns; rejoins consulting group
Athens Banner Herald
The CEO of Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center announced on Wednesday his intent to resign. | READ MORE
Bibb faces some of the worst health outcomes in Georgia. Churches want to change that
The Telegraph
More than 30 percent of Americans resolve to “stay fit and healthy” or lose weight in the new year, data analytics company Nielsen reports. | READ MORE
Cobb veterans frustrated, hopeful as VA remakes local system
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
For years, the Department of Veterans Affairs operated a single clinic in Cobb County, a facility in Austell that veterans said was too crowded, outdated and poorly equipped for handicapped patients. | READ MORE
Tift Regional Health System to host annual heart and vascular symposium (mentions MAG)
Albany Herald
Tift Regional Health System will hold its third annual “Heart and Vascular Symposium: Advancing Cardiac and Vascular Care” for health professionals on Feb. 9. | READ MORE
Gwinnett Chamber names 2018 ‘Healthcare Awards’ recipients (including GMC residency program and MAG member William Bostock, D.O.) 
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Gwinnett Chamber honored nearly 90 finalists and 12 recipients at its annual Healthcare Awards. | READ MORE
Doctors slam our addiction to 'unnecessary' MRIs, CT scans
The Frederick News-Post
When the Food and Drug Administration approved magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners in 1984, the machines seemed incredible. They offered an inside view of the human body, making it easier to diagnose disease, injuries and physical abnormalities. Today, they're part of a multibillion-dollar industry: In 2016, 118 out of every 1,000 Americans got an MRI. The use of CT scans was even higher: 245 per 1,000 people in 2016.  READ MORE
Need hospital care or tests? Some ways to get cost estimates
Associated Press
U.S. hospitals are now required to post list prices for medical services online, under federal rules meant to help patients find affordable care and avoid hefty surprise bills. | READ MORE
DNA company 23andMe gets FDA approval for consumer cancer test
DNA testing company 23andMe Inc. said it has gotten the green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to offer consumers a test for a hereditary colorectal cancer syndrome. | READ MORE
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