OCTOBER 18, 2018
AMA says CVS-Aetna merger will hurt patients
Healthcare Analytics News
When the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it had approved the merger of CVS Health and Aetna with conditions yesterday, the healthcare landscape seemed to have changed. With the government’s blessing, two of the nation’s largest healthcare companies — a retail, pharmacy and wellness giant and a key insurer — had joined forces, sparking concerns that competition could take a blow. READ MORE
Medicaid expansion and the fate of Obamacare are at the heart of the heated Georgia gubernatorial race
CNBC
A national battle over whether to extend public health insurance to low-income adults is at the center of a tightly contested gubernatorial race in Georgia, where hospitals and drug stores are closing across the Republican-controlled state's rural southern and western counties. | READ MORE
Poor adults’ health needs addressed better with Medicaid expansion, federal report says
Georgia Health News
Low-income adults in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid are more likely to have unmet medical needs than the poor in states that expanded the government-run program, a federal report says. | READ MORE
Georgia already topping list for flu activity in the nation
WSB-TV
Flu season is officially underway and Channel 2 Action News has learned Georgia is already topping the nation in cases. | READ MORE
Rural hospitals survive – and shine – amid the devastation of Michael
Georgia Health News
The morning after Hurricane Michael struck, the hospital in Blakely got a call from the Early County sheriff’s office. | READ MORE
CMS may expand Medicare coverage for blood pressure screening
Modern Healthcare
The CMS is considering expanding Medicare coverage for ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) devices after requests from the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association. | READ MORE
Medicare for all? CMS chief warns program has enough problems already
Kaiser Health News
The Trump administration’s top Medicare official Tuesday slammed the federal health program as riddled with problems that hinder care to beneficiaries, increase costs for taxpayers and escalate fraud and abuse. | READ MORE
Slight increase in Medicare’s outpatient ‘Part B’ premium
Associated Press
Medicare says its “Part B” premium for outpatient care will rise by just $1.50 a month next year. That means retirees should be able to keep more of their recently-announced Social Security cost-of-living increase. | READ MORE
Insurer Anthem will pay record $16M for massive data breach
Associated Press
The nation’s second-largest health insurer has agreed to pay the government a record $16 million to settle potential privacy violations in the biggest known health care hack in U.S. history, officials said Monday. | READ MORE
EHR vendors on the hook for opioid-related population health
Health IT Analytics
Healthcare providers are primarily relying on their electronic health record vendors to help them identify problematic opioid prescribing patterns and reduce the unnecessary use of potent, dangerous painkillers, a new KLAS survey reveals. | READ MORE
Fewer black male doctors has broader public health impact
Medical Xpress
Aaron Doctor, a bright and ambitious young African-American man, grew up in a black community in South Carolina's Lowcountry, but he was 21 years old the first time he met a black doctor, a man whose wife was also a physician. | READ MORE
UGA researchers simulate traumatic brain injuries in lab
Georgia Health News
Isabelle Blaber was out horseback riding a few days before final exams in April 2016. She was 19 at the time, a freshman at Rhodes College in Memphis, and she had been a rider since she was 5. | READ MORE
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