OCTOBER 29, 2020
Birth injury case gets 'gross negligence' standard, appeals court rules (quotes MAG Legal Counsel Bethany Sherrer, J.D.)
Medical malpractice lawyers are exploring the ramifications of a Court of Appeals decision last week that found sharply higher burdens for plaintiffs who claim their babies were injured by emergency medical mistakes during childbirth. READ MORE
Medical College of Georgia looking to grow in Augusta, across Georgia
The Augusta Chronicle
A long-planned class expansion at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University will finally begin next year in a revamping of the school and its curriculum that will not only bring in more students but also hopefully result in more doctors in underserved areas in Georgia, officials said. | READ MORE
Physician survey details depth of pandemic’s financial impact
AMA Wire
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that by April physician offices lost 286,000 jobs compared to their January levels. Although many of those jobs have been gained back, as of September, employment still remained below its January level. | READ MORE
Health panel proposes colon cancer tests start at 45, not 50
Associated Press
A panel of health experts wants U.S. adults to start getting colon cancer screenings at age 45, five years younger than it previously recommended. | READ MORE
Reported COVID numbers down at UGA, Clarke County and Athens area schools
Online Athens
The University of Georgia’s reported COVID-19 cases fell to 64 last week, down from 84 the previous week and 96 the week before that. | READ MORE
Official: 46 COVID cases reported at Atlanta nursing home
Forty-six residents living in a long-term care facility in in Atlanta have recently tested positive for the coronavirus following an outbreak at the facility, according to a spokeswoman for a company that runs the home. | READ MORE
FDA approves first COVID-19 drug: antiviral remdesivir
Associated Press
U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the first drug to treat COVID-19: remdesivir, an antiviral medicine given to hospitalized patients through an IV. | READ MORE
Medicare finalizing coverage policy for coronavirus vaccine
Associated Press
Medicare will cover the yet-to-be approved coronavirus vaccine free for older people under a policy change expected to be announced shortly, a senior Trump administration official said Tuesday. | READ MORE
Who gets coronavirus vaccine first? Ethics, equity drive plan
AMA Wire
As COVID-19 vaccine candidates push through the phase 3 trials needed for Food and Drug Administration approval, experts are working on a program aimed at achieving equitable and prioritized distribution of the first 100 million doses. | READ MORE
Why achieving health equity is so hard in the telehealth age
AMA Wire
Telehealth has become almost synonymous with video visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. But in leapfrogging phone visits, many health care organizations have done the opposite of what they set out to do: They’ve made it harder for the most at-risk patients to get in front of a physician. | READ MORE
Some hospitals in crisis as U.S. nears high for COVID-19 cases
Associated Press
The United States is approaching a record for the number of new daily coronavirus cases in the latest ominous sign about the disease’s grip on the nation, as states from Connecticut to the Rocky Mountain West reel under the surge. | READ MORE
Patients gain access to clinical notes next week
MedPage Today
Starting next week, patients will have immediate access to nearly all clinical notes in their electronic health records as part of a federal mandate, although enforcement won't happen right away. | READ MORE
OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma to plead to three criminal charges
Associated Press
Drugmaker Purdue Pharma, the company behind the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to federal criminal charges as part of a settlement of more than $8 billion, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. | READ MORE
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