DECEMBER 7, 2017
Lawmaker pushes to give Georgia nurses more authority (includes MAG references, quotes)
If you get sick or badly injured in Georgia, you could find yourself slap out of luck if you live in one of the state’s rural counties. READ MORE
Georgia attorney general seeks to combat opioid abuse
With the country still battling the opioid crisis, leaders in Georgia are stepping up their efforts to combat the crisis. | READ MORE
Gainesville doctor takes reins of [MAG] (features MAG president)
The Gainesville Times
A self-proclaimed “late bloomer” to the practice of neurology, Dr. Frank McDonald Jr. has made a steady but sure rapid climb in a statewide advocacy group for doctors. | READ MORE
CVS to buy Aetna for $67.5 billion, remaking health sector
CVS Health Corp. will buy Aetna Inc. for about $67.5 billion, creating a health-care giant that will have a hand in everything from insurance to the corner drugstore. | READ MORE
When you like your health plan…but it’s no longer available
Georgia Health News
Kathy Brooke of Smyrna is facing a major hassle at a time in her life when she wants fewer problems, not more. The recently diagnosed cancer patient is going to have to get a new doctor at the start of the new year.| READ MORE
Savannah Morning News sues Memorial Health over public documents
Savannah Morning News
The Savannah Morning News on Wednesday sued the parent corporation of Memorial University Medical Center and the hospital to obtain public documents regarding efforts leading to a failed partnership agreement and pending sale of the system to a for-profit company. | READ MORE
FTC reportedly probing compliance of Albany hospital with 2015 deal
Georgia Health News
The Albany Herald, citing letters it obtained, reported Thursday that the Federal Trade Commission has launched an investigation into whether the local hospital authority and Phoebe Putney Health System have complied with a settlement agreement with the federal agency. | READ MORE
Metro Atlanta rises to fourth in new HIV cases nationally
Metro Atlanta now ranks fourth in the nation in the rate of new HIV diagnoses, according to the latest data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ranking is up from fifth last year. | READ MORE
Possible bright spot in Georgia’s grim infant mortality picture
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s infant mortality rate has risen over the last few years while the national rate has flattened or declined, Department of Public Health statistics show. | READ MORE
Legalizing medical marijuana: An empty promise (by Georgia Rep. Katie Dempsey)
Rome News-Tribune
Harley Gambrell’s son Hayden is 13, stocky and very strong. He’s also autistic, and the Floyd County businessman doesn’t always know when a “bad moment” will come. | READ MORE
The ratcheting price of the pneumococcal vaccine: What gives?
Kaiser Health News
Every November, like clockwork, she gets the same letter, said Dr. Lindsay Irvin, a pediatrician in San Antonio. | READ MORE
Personal blog: It’s eye surgery, and I’m the patient
Georgia Health News
More than 3 million cataract surgeries are being performed this year in the United States. | READ MORE
VSU taps commencement speaker (features MAG member) 
The Valdosta Daily Times
Valdosta State University has tapped a commencement speaker. Dr. C. Thomas Hopkins Jr., chairman of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, will deliver the keynote address during VSU’s fall commencement ceremony scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, on the front lawn. | READ MORE
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