APRIL 4, 2019
How will Georgia governor deal with major bills from the 2019 session?
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The end of the legislative session triggers the start Wednesday of another 40-day period — this time for Gov. Brian Kemp to sign measures into law or veto them. READ MORE
‘A big health care year’ under the Gold Dome
Georgia Health News
The battles over hospital regulation and financial disclosure appeared to be finished last week at the Georgia Legislature. | READ MORE
Flu activity no longer considered at high level in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Flu activity has dropped from high to moderate levels in Georgia. | READ MORE
Bans on texting while driving tied to drop in ER visits for crash injuries
States where it’s illegal to text while driving may have safer roads, according to a U.S. study that tracked declines in crash-related emergency room visits after these laws took effect. | READ MORE
Survey: Many still don’t obey Georgia’s distracted driving law
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A new survey confirms that most Georgia motorists are getting the message about the state’s new distracted driving law. But they’re having a hard time obeying it. | READ MORE
5 keys for physicians unwinding contractual arrangements
AMA Wire
Not all relationships go the distance, and that is sometimes the case for physicians who have contractual arrangements with hospitals, health systems or other entities. But with the proper planning, experts say, physicians can successfully unwind or change their relationships with other entities in a way that works for both parties. | READ MORE
U.S. government boosts 2020 Medicare payments to insurers by 2.53 percent
The U.S. government on Monday said it would increase by 2.53 percent on average 2020 payments to the health insurers that manage Medicare Advantage insurance plans for seniors and the disabled, a reflection of a new estimate on medical cost growth. | READ MORE
AMA backs UnitedHealth's billing codes for social determinants of health
The American Medical Association and UnitedHealth Group have developed billing codes for social determinants of health as insurers move toward paying for more than just medical treatment to improve health outcomes. | READ MORE
Doctors need to do better at talking to families about critically ill patients
Doctors’ conversations with families about care for critically ill patients often fail to address patients’ values and preferences, according to a study that suggests there’s plenty of room for improvements in communication. | READ MORE
Federal study gives new options for people with rare cancers
The Associated Press
People with rare cancers have been out of luck — not only do most lack good treatments but drug companies also don’t pursue them because of small potential sales. | READ MORE
FDA developing new rules for artificial intelligence in medicine
The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it is developing a framework for regulating artificial intelligence products used in medicine that continually adapt based on new data. | READ MORE
Northeast Georgia Health System gets state approval for new Braselton surgery center
Gwinnett Daily Post
A planned surgery center in Braselton is one step closer to becoming a reality in light of the Georgia Department of Community Health's recent approval of a Northeast Georgia Health System certificate of need application. | READ MORE
Cobb & Douglas Public Health awarded federal grant
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Cobb & Douglas Public Health has been awarded up to $5.5 million over the next five years through a Healthy Start grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). | READ MORE
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