AUGUST 13, 2020
[Georgia’s] COVID-19 deaths hit another daily record
Georgia Health News
Georgia shattered its record for daily increases in COVID-19 deaths, reporting 137 new fatalities Tuesday. That’s 45 deaths higher than the previous daily record of 92, reported Friday. READ MORE
AJC to hold town hall on coronavirus in Georgia (features MAG members)
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution will host a virtual town hall next week with top infectious disease and medical experts to discuss the facts of COVID-19 and the state of the pandemic. | READ MORE
Kids with COVID: Georgia case rate higher than national average
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s rate of COVID-19 cases among children is greater than the national average, according to a new report published by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association. | READ MORE
Over 900 health workers have died of COVID-19
Kaiser Health News
More than 900 front-line health care workers have died of COVID-19, according to an interactive database unveiled Tuesday by The Guardian and KHN. | READ MORE
Prices on Georgia’s insurance exchange shaping up to stay fairly stable
Georgia Health News
People seeking coverage in the Georgia health insurance exchange for 2021 will see moderate price increases and a similar choice of plans. All six insurers that offer health plans in this year’s exchange are returning to the market for 2021 coverage, according to initial filings with the state insurance department. | READ MORE
AMA announces new CPT codes for coronavirus testing
Four new CPT codes for coronavirus testing, including through antibody tests, will enable providers to report more laboratory testing of the novel coronavirus on medical claims. | READ MORE
Opioid deaths are surging in the pandemic. Here’s how treatment is adapting
Last month, the American Medical Association expressed its concern that states across the country were reporting an increase in opioid-related fatalities, particularly from fentanyl. However, the true degree to which the novel coronavirus is affecting the opioid crisis won’t be known for months. | READ MORE
Fauci: Health equity critical piece in vaccine development, distribution
MedPage Today
NIAID Director Anthony Fauci, M.D., said Thursday that efforts to reduce health disparities are a key part of the plans to develop and distribute vaccines. | READ MORE
Moderna, U.S. reach deal for 100 million COVID-19 vaccine doses
Moderna Inc. reached a deal with the Trump administration to supply 100 million doses of its experimental vaccine for COVID-19, in a pact valued at up to $1.5 billion, the latest in a string of supply agreements the U.S. has reached to stockpile the most advanced vaccines in testing. | READ MORE
ABMS applauds MAG member Zoeb Bootwala, M.D.
Certification Matters
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) applauded Medical Association of Georgia member Zoeb Bootwala, M.D., for his efforts to “help families make tough decisions during end-of-life discussions” during the pandemic in a ‘COVID-19 Front Lines’ feature that it posted on its ‘Certification Matters’ website. | READ MORE
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