NOVEMBER 8, 2018
Rutledge Forney, M.D., sworn in as MAG president
Rutledge Forney, M.D., was sworn into office as the president of the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) during a ceremony that took place during the organization’s 164th House of Delegates meeting on Jekyll Island on October 20. READ MORE
Some Georgia counties to lose Blue Cross coverage under Obamacare
Atlanta Journal Constitution
With open enrollment for Obamacare weeks away, Blue Cross customers across several Georgia counties have received letters from the insurance giant saying their health plan will no longer exist there next year. | READ MORE
ACA open enrollment in Georgia: Five things to know
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Open enrollment is under way in Georgia for 2019 health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.  In spite of changes this year, much about the process remains the same for customers. They can still go to the federal website and try to enroll themselves. And if they run into snags, they still have resources. | READ MORE
Northside Hospital sues local insurer for failing to pay ER claims
A popular insurance provider in metro Atlanta is paying a family’s emergency room bill after 2 Investigates called Georgia’s Insurance Commissioner. | READ MORE
CMS final rule delays coding reforms that affect physician payment
Healthcare Finance
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is delaying for two years implementation of evaluation and management coding reforms that affect physician payment, in a move applauded by the American Medical Association. | READ MORE
Giving back: Immigrant doctors helping immigrant patients
Georgia Health News
This is the third in our series on foreign-born physicians practicing in Georgia. Part 1 focused on Indian-born doctors in Georgia, and Part 2 detailed obstacles that physicians face in order to practice here. | READ MORE
Trained to be a doctor, but held back by red tape
Georgia Health News
This is the second in a series of articles on foreign-born physicians practicing in Georgia. Other articles in this special report will focus on other barriers that immigrant doctors face in order to work in the state; a clinic that serves mainly immigrant and refugee patients; and on Muslim physicians here. Here’s a link to our first article, on Indian-born doctors. | READ MORE
‘D’ grade: Georgia’s preterm births rise
Georgia Health News
Georgia’s preterm birth rate rose from 11.2 percent to 11.4 percent in 2017, keeping the state at a “D’’ grade in the annual Premature Birth Report Card from the March of Dimes. | READ MORE
Alzheimer’s Association, Centers for Disease Control report outlines future in Alzheimer’s battle
Albany Herald
In an effort to help health officials address the nation’s Alzheimer’s crisis, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Alzheimer’s Association have released the third edition of the Healthy Brain Initiative Road Map. | READ MORE
Residency interviews: Don’t forget to ask these 7 key questions
AMA Wire
As a physician, the questions you will ask of your patients will go a long way toward determining a diagnosis. But as a medical student moving into the realm of practice, questions you will ask during your residency interviews will be a vital part of determining what residency programs are the best fit for you. | READ MORE
5 things you didn’t know about health care cybersecurity
AMA Wire
Criminals value medical files because of the amount of exploitable financial and personal information they contain and the growing potential that exists to use the data in a wide variety of fraud schemes. | READ MORE
Medical trial targeting cancer genes comes to MCG
The Augusta Chronicle
A medical trial that targets cancer-causing genes instead of cancer type is coming to Augusta. | READ MORE
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