SEPTEMBER 19, 2019
Proposed merger of Georgia managed care companies being opposed by medical community [including MAG]
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer 
Recently, the Medical Association of Georgia, the Georgia Pharmacy Association and the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology sent a letter to Insurance Commissioner John F. King asking him to block the merger between Centene Corp. and WellCare of Georgia. READ MORE
A hint that [Sen.] Johnny Isakson’s replacement will be no Johnny Isakson (references
MAG’s endorsement of Richard McCormick, M.D., for U.S. Congress) 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Medical Association of Georgia has picked one of its own in the very crowded Republican field to replace Rob Woodall in the Seventh District congressional contest…influential physicians’ group endorsed emergency room doctor Rich McCormick [M.D.] as the “ideal candidate to tackle the health care system’s complex challenges.” | READ MORE
Legislators discuss lifting restrictions on Georgia nurse practitioners at Augusta study session (quotes MAG member/Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, M.D.)
The Augusta Chronicle
A joint legislative study committee on physician supervision of mid-level health care providers met Tuesday in Augusta and heard a plea from some to lift the state’s restrictions on what they are allowed to do for patients. | READ MORE
Georgia officials say Purdue funds should go toward opioid recovery
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“The resources that will become available under the proposed structural framework will help Georgia combat the opioid crisis and address the needs of people living in our communities who have been devastated by the actions of those who fueled it,” [Georgia AG Chris] Carr’s office said in a statement, noting that 180,000 Georgians have an opioid use disorder. | READ MORE
Georgia officials confirm 5 lung cases tied to vaping; others probed
Georgia Health News
State public health officials have confirmed five cases of vaping-related lung illnesses in Georgia, with another 10 being investigated. Those figures, released this week, add to the CDC’s national total of at least 380 confirmed and probable cases in 36 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands. | READ MORE
[Georgia] Non-profit hospitals must disclose financial data soon
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s non-profit hospitals will still have to disclose extensive financial data by October 1, even though state regulations on this new requirement won’t be finished by then, state officials say. A disclosure law, passed by the General Assembly early this year, requires reporting of executive compensation and the financial holdings of hospitals, among other informations. | READ MORE
DeKalb woman tests positive for West Nile virus; 7th case in Georgia
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  
An east Atlanta woman was confirmed as the first person in DeKalb County to contract the West Nile virus this year, bringing Georgia’s number of cases to seven, authorities said. | READ MORE
Women pediatricians earn less than men – and they do the laundry, study finds
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Female pediatricians not only get paid less than their male counterparts, but they’re more likely to have prime responsibility for housework and caring for their own children, according to new research. | READ MORE
CDC: Georgia adult obesity rate above U.S. average – and keeps rising
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 
The adult obesity rate in Georgia keeps inching higher, according a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The estimated rate in 2018 was 32.5%, up from 31.6% the year before. | READ MORE
4 key public speaking tips for physicians
American Medical Association
Kathy Schaeffer, an expert in strategic communications, recently offered several tips for physicians who shape the conversation surrounding pressing health care issues by speaking publicly. | READ MORE
Saturday morning orthopedic clinics a ‘win-win’ for Friday night football injuries (features MAG members James Crownover, M.D., Bill Barnes, M.D., and Kevin Collins, M.D.)  
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Orthopedic clinics throughout the state of Georgia are doing their part to ease the financial and physical pain for high school football players who are injured during Friday night play. In most cases, these clinics are free, eliminating time-consuming visits and financial burdens of trips to local emergency rooms. | READ MORE
Georgia schools find meals good for kids that kids actually eat
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia is in sync with the rest of the country. From Gwinnett County, the largest school district in the state, to smaller school systems such as Barrow County with 14,300 students eating lunch daily, nutrition directors are finding ways to satisfy palates as well as dietary instructions. | READ MORE
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