Chapman supports Fitzgerald; Fitzgerald supports pharmacy

GPhA President Liza Chapman told APhA how newly-minted CDC director Brenda Fitzgerald supported pharmacy in her role with the state’s Department of Public Health:

“Under the direction and leadership of Dr. Fitzgerald, the profession of pharmacy in the state of Georgia has advanced in providing immunization services and opioid overdose prevention measures to the citizens of the state.”

USC study: Drinking coffee could make you immortal

Yet Another Study — this one out of USC’s Keck School of Medicine — has found that “People who consumed a cup of coffee a day were 12 percent less likely to die compared to those who didn’t drink coffee.” Two or three cups raised that to 18 percent.

While that sounds like drinking coffee can make you immortal, sadly… no. Rather, the huge study (185,855 people) found that “drinking coffee is associated with reduced risk of several types of cancer, diabetes, liver disease, Parkinson’s disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.”

Rural Georgia and Medicaid cuts

Georgia is the focus of this story on the impact of the proposed Medicaid cuts on rural areas. “Cuts now would cripple rural Georgia,” said Dr. Ben Spitalnick, president of the Georgia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Key among those concerns are prenatal care in rural areas. With a maternal mortality rate that is among the worst in the country, OB-GYNs are worried that the cuts would eliminate fragile solutions to doctor shortages that the state has implemented.

Congrats to Mandy Reece

…vice chair and associate professor of pharmacy practice at PCOM’s Georgia Campus — she was just selected as a Fellow of the American Association of Diabetes Educators for “outstanding contributions to diabetes education through clinical practice, research, education or health policy.”

Medical debt? Credit-reporting change gives you a chance to catch up

More than half of Americans’ debt is related to medical expenses, and now a change to credit reporting will give them (that is, us) a better chance to settle that debt before it hurts their (that is, our) credit ratings.

Starting Sept. 15, the three major credit reporting agencies — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion — will set a 180-day waiting period before including medical debt on a consumer’s credit report. The six-month period is intended to ensure there’s enough time to resolve disputes with insurers and delays in payment.