JULY 11, 2019
AMA [and MAG, others] takes a stand for transgender Americans in Supreme Court filing
AMA Wire
To protect transgender individuals’ physical and mental health—and reduce stigma—LGBTQ+ individuals must be protected from discrimination in the workplace, the Litigation Center of the American Medical Association and State Medical Societies tell the U.S. Supreme Court in an amicus brief. READ MORE
[Georgia Gov. Brian] Kemp updates area officials on health care efforts
The Augusta Chronicle
Gov. Brian Kemp said he and his staff are considering “anything and everything” to develop a successful workaround to the Affordable Care Act during a visit with Augusta-area health care leaders Monday. | READ MORE
Validity of [ACA] at issue in appeal hearing
Associated Press
With health insurance availability, cost and coverage on the line for millions of Americans, a federal appeals court seemed inclined Tuesday to rule that the core provision of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law is unconstitutional. | READ MORE
ACOs are slow to adopt downside risk
Health Exec
Accountable care organizations are a value-based alternative payment model that has leveraged both public and private healthcare payers to lower healthcare costs and improve care quality. However, as the ACO program continues to grow, questions have continued to arise over the need for these organizations to take on downside financial risk in the models. | READ MORE
CDC urging U.S. physicians to be on lookout for AFM
Government health officials are urging U.S. doctors to be on the lookout for a mysterious condition that has begun to re-emerge in late summer and early fall, targeting healthy young children and leaving them paralyzed. | READ MORE
Campaign for sheriff heats up (references MAG’s correctional medicine accreditation program) 
Dawson County News
Several candidates have recently entered their bids for sheriff in the May 2020 election. | READ MORE
Judge strikes down rule requiring drug ads to reveal prices
Associated Press
A federal judge Monday blocked a major White House initiative on prescription drug costs, saying the Trump administration lacked the legal authority to require drugmakers to disclose their prices in TV ads. | READ MORE
Physicians see more pay tied to patient satisfaction and outcomes
Physician practices are seeing more of their pay and bonuses based on “value-based metrics such as patient satisfaction and outcome measures,” a new analysis shows. | READ MORE
3 overlooked ways to make your private practice more efficient
AMA Wire
In many medical settings, proven workflow improvements could increase efficiency and quality of care, while creating a better workday for everyone at the practice—if only someone would get the ball rolling. | READ MORE
Billing for end-of-life care talks grows, but barriers remain
AMA Wire
Advance-care planning (ACP) is the keystone of goal-concordant care, enabling patients to state their treatment preferences while they still have the mental capacity to do so. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has acknowledged this by accepting two Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) reimbursement codes for these essential conversations. | READ MORE
With rural health care stretched thin, more patients turn to telehealth
NPR Shots
A recent NPR poll of rural Americans found that nearly a quarter have used some kind of telehealth service within the past few years; 14% say they received a diagnosis or treatment from a doctor or other health care professional using email, text messaging, live text chat, a mobile app, or a live video like FaceTime or Skype. And 15% say they have received a diagnosis or treatment from a doctor or other health professional over the phone. | READ MORE
Teen odds of using marijuana dip with recreational use laws
ABC News
New research suggests legalizing recreational marijuana for U.S. adults in some states may have slightly reduced teens' odds of using pot. | READ MORE
Dr. Randy Smith, noted physician [and MAG award winner], dies at age 75
The Augusta Chronicle
Dr. Randolph Relihan Smith, an Augusta native who helped steer University Hospital into a region-wide health system, died Saturday from pancreatic cancer. He was 75. | READ MORE
[MUSM] students receive inaugural national medical association scholarships from GSMA (mentions GPLA member Julianne Birt, M.D.)
The Savannah Tribune
Two Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) students received inaugural National Medical Association Scholarships at the Georgia State Medical Association’s (GSMA) annual meeting June 13 on Hilton Head Island. | READ MORE
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