AUGUST 2, 2018
[MAG & ACEP] Lawsuit against Anthem aims to protect patients from insurer’s bad policy
American Council on Science and Health
It is very hard to view health insurers and their actions through an altruistic and caring lens when one of their own simply cannot stop making bad policy. READ MORE
Letter: Anthem changes policy only after consumers fight back
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
As reported in the editorial "Rejecting the rejector" (July 23), Anthem has been forced to overturn a majority of coverage denials it has issued as part of its dangerous emergency department policy to reject claims it retroactively deems unnecessary. | READ MORE
Medicare reconsiders paying for seniors’ spine operations at surgery centers
Kaiser Health News
Medicare is reviewing whether seniors should undergo spine surgeries at same-day surgery centers, the government-run health program announced Wednesday, five months after a USA Today Network-Kaiser Health News investigation revealed a spate of patient deaths following the procedures. | READ MORE
Unfrozen: Feds restore payments under disputed ACA program
Georgia Health News
The insurance exchange in Georgia and other states just got an injection of stability. And that’s good news for people buying individual or family coverage for next year. | READ MORE
Feds ease rules on cheaper coverage, sparking consumer warnings on benefits
Georgia Health News
The Trump administration issued a final rule Wednesday that promotes the sale of more “short-term’’ health plans, but the move immediately drew criticism from consumer advocates and health care industry organizations. | READ MORE
Study: ‘Medicare for all’ projected to cost $32.6 trillion
Associated Press
Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” plan would boost government health spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, requiring historic tax hikes, says a study released Monday by a university-based libertarian policy center. | READ MORE
New study ranks Georgia third in nation for increases in Lyme disease
11 Alive News
A new study by a national health care company has ranked Georgia third in the nation for the most increases in Lyme disease between 2015 and 2017. | READ MORE
Firing of 2 Georgia hospital surgeons sparks protests 
Becker's Hospital Review
Protestors gathered outside Valdosta-based South Georgia Medical Center around 7 a.m. July 25 to protest the hospital's decision to fire two leading cardiothoracic surgeons, WALB10 News reports. READ MORE
Get free screenings at Congressman David Scott’s annual health fair
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
You can get screened for more than a dozen diseases and chronic health conditions at U.S. Rep. David Scott’s annual health fair in Jonesboro. | READ MORE
Northeast Georgia Health System pursues purchase of closed Dahlonega hospital
The Times
Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega closed at midnight July 27, and the Northeast Georgia Health System plans to acquire the facility soon. | READ MORE
Free health clinic [in Coweta] will celebrate 7 years serving the community
The Newnan Times-Herald
At the beginning of 2017, Viola Trader Warren of Newnan could not stop coughing and was in desperate need of medical care. | READ MORE
EHR use, high administrative burden driving health care spending
EHR Intelligence
While CMS and other federal entities have made efforts to streamline reporting requirements in recent years, the high administrative burden associated with EHR use and federal regulations continue to add financial strain to healthcare organizations. | READ MORE
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