JUNE 22, 2017
Senate health care bill debuts in uncertain environment (includes MAG reference)
Georgia Health News
The U.S. Senate has unveiled its much-anticipated legislation to unravel the Affordable Care Act, releasing a proposal Thursday that has some key differences from the House health care overhaul. | READ MORE
With health law in flux, insurers scramble to meet filing deadline
The New York Times
As health insurers scrambled to decide whether to stay or go by Wednesday’s deadline to file plans for the federal marketplace, Anthem, one of the Obamacare market’s major players, announced that it would pull out of two more states, Wisconsin and Indiana, in 2018. | READ MORE
Physicians call for better prescription drug monitoring programs
AMA Wire
Use of prescription drug-monitoring programs (PDMPs) has increased significantly in recent years, but information gaps remain, a problem that new AMA policy adopted at the 2017 AMA Annual Meeting seeks to address. | READ MORE
Opinion: Our CON laws are working, and we need to keep them
Georgia Health News
For the past few decades, there has been a push at many levels to do away with government regulations on business. This effort has only increased recently. | READ MORE
AMA committed to ending sexual harassment 
The American Medical Association has a strong commitment to eliminating sexual harassment, discrimination and physician misconduct. As workplaces and technology evolve, so too must the specifics of our policies. Behavior that constitutes sexual harassment is unethical and unlawful. | READ MORE
As feds consider Medicaid cuts, [Georgia] pursues $48 million for school nurses
Georgia health officials may go after $48.6 million in federal healthcare funding for schools even as threatened Medicaid cuts in the Obamacare replacement could undermine school budgets. | READ MORE
How well is Georgia caring for its children?
Georgia has seen improvements in child poverty, children with health insurance and the teen birth rate, but it continues to rank among the 10 worst states for the care of its children, according to a study. | READ MORE
Georgia’s trouble with elder abuse and senior health
GPB News
June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. The recently published America’s Health Rankings Senior Report finds the state now ranks 41st in the nation for senior health, down two spots from last year. We talk about the state of our elder care system with Kathy Floyd, Executive Director for the Georgia Council on Aging. And Glenn Ostir, Director of the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Georgia. READ MORE
Buyer emerges to save Millen hospital from closing
Georgia Health News
A rural hospital in eastern Georgia has been saved from closure. Optim Medical Center-Jenkins, set to close this month, announced Monday that it has been sold to GA Medical Holdings Corp. | READ MORE
CMS lifts Medicare Advantage sanctions on Cigna
Modern Healthcare
The CMS has lifted sanctions it levied on Cigna Corp. in January 2016 after finding major problems with the health insurer's Medicare Advantage plans, Cigna said Friday. | READ MORE
Hard-to-detect breast cancer may cluster in South Georgia
Georgia Health News
Inflammatory breast cancer is usually diagnosed at a later stage than other breast cancers – and thus is often fatal. | READ MORE
In a year, nearly 1.3 million Americans needed hospital care for opioid-related issues
Portland Press Herald
The coast-to-coast opioid epidemic is swamping hospitals, with government data published Tuesday showing 1.27 million emergency room visits or inpatient stays for opioid-related issues in a single year. | READ MORE
Trump administration preparing executive order on drug pricing
The Hill
The Trump administration is preparing an executive order aimed at lowering drug prices, according to sources familiar with the process. | READ MORE
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