Maverick on CON laws quits board of hospital association
The continual combat over the state’s health facility licensure program has claimed another casualty. This time, it involves a board member of the state’s biggest hospital organization. Jim Davis, CEO of University Health Care System in Augusta, has resigned his post as chairman-elect and board member of the Georgia... Read more
Top malpractice insurer in Ga. seeks to change company structure
Georgia’s largest medical malpractice insurer aims to convert from a “mutual’’ company to a stock company, according to filings with the state insurance department. Atlanta-based MAG Mutual is a leading carrier in the Southeast for physician coverage, and has about half of the medical malpractice insurance market in Georgia.... Read more
Commentary: Deal’s veto of opioid prescription bill was a wise step
Last week, Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed Senate Bill 125, which would have authorized physicians in Georgia to delegate to physician assistants the authority to prescribe hydrocodone compound products. Deal cited the opioid epidemic as a reason for the veto, saying the legislation would be counter to Georgia’s efforts to... Read more
Governor took the right stand in limiting opioid prescriptions
Gov. Nathan Deal acted wisely last week in vetoing SB 125, which would have given physician assistants the right to independently prescribe hydrocodone.  This dangerous opioid drug — which is used for pain relief in children, adolescents and adults — is at the heart of an increasing abuse-and-addiction epidemic.... Read more
Community Health board rejects loosening rules on surgery centers
A proposal to loosen Georgia rules on multispecialty surgery centers went nowhere in this year’s General Assembly session. The quest for such a change shifted on Thursday to a new venue – the state’s main health care agency. But the board of the state Department of Community Health, on... Read more

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