AUGUST 20, 2020
[Gov.] Kemp continues to push back on Trump Administration coronavirus report
Gov. Brian Kemp is pushing back on the latest report from the Trump administration recommending that Georgia take more aggressive action to slow the spread of the coronavirus. READ MORE
[Sen.] Perdue: Northeast Georgia Medical Center gets ‘five-star rating’ for handling of COVID-19 pandemic
access WDUN
U.S. Sen. David Perdue of Georgia had only praise for staff at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville following a tour of the hospital on Thursday. | READ MORE
Athens hospitals are overtaxed, doctors and nurses say
The COVID-19 situation in Athens is not improving. Clarke County continues to see a surge in cases, additional deaths and a sustained critical care bed shortage. | READ MORE
CMS may eliminate most emergency codes for COVID-19 telehealth services
While Congress debates extending telehealth coverage and President Trump tries to compel it through an Executive Order, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is poised to eliminate most of the temporary codes created during the coronavirus pandemic to expand connected health. | READ MORE
FDA flags accuracy issue with widely used coronavirus test
Associated Press
Potential accuracy issues with a widely used coronavirus test could lead to false results for patients, U.S. health officials warned. | READ MORE
Primary care doctors look at payment overhaul after pandemic disruption (quotes MAG member Jacqueline Fincher, M.D.)
Kaiser Health News
Physicians and health policy experts say the pandemic is accelerating efforts to restructure primary care  which accounts for about half the nation’s doctor visits every year  and put it on a firmer financial footing. | READ MORE
Flu season prep, complicated by COVID-19, starts early this year
Health care providers, including CVS Health Corp, are kicking off flu vaccinations early, ordering extra shots and aiming to add tests that check for both the annual flu and COVID-19, pharmacy executives and experts told Reuters. | READ MORE
How feds decide on remdesivir shipments to states remains mysterious
One of the few treatment options for patients seriously ill with COVID-19 is the antiviral drug remdesivir. Authorized by the Food and Drug Administration in May for emergency use in the pandemic, remdesivir is in short supply. The federal government has taken on the responsibility for deciding where vials of the medicine should go. | READ MORE
Yep, masks and protective gear are still hard to get  especially for small buyers
Just like in March, when coronavirus cases spiked for the first time, some workers and employers across the country continue to face PPE shortages. Respirator masks, gloves, gowns, thermometers and other equipment are scarce. | READ MORE
U.S. sees deadly drug overdose spike during pandemic
New data from around the U.S. confirms that drug overdoses are spiking during the coronavirus pandemic, rising by roughly 18 percent. | READ MORE
Pharmacists can give childhood shots, U.S. officials say
Associated Press
Pharmacists in all 50 states are now allowed to give childhood vaccinations under a new directive aimed at preventing future outbreaks of measles and other preventable diseases. | READ MORE
Med school applications soaring
MedPage Today
Applications to medical schools are up sharply over this time last year, according to both the Association of American Medical Colleges and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. | READ MORE
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