Our Healthcare Hot Topics of the Week

Life is hectic, we know, so here’s a recap of the Healthcare Weekly Hot Topics you can’t afford to miss:

1) Trump expands mental health benefits to decrease suicide rates among new veterans. USA Today, January 10, 2018. 

President Trump signed an order to provide more benefits to service members transitioning from the military to civilian life to decrease suicides.

2) HHS nominee Alex Azar outlines priorities: lower drug prices, improve Medicare outcomes. Healthcare IT News, January 9, 2018.

HHS nominee stated that drug prices are too high, and stated that he wants to make healthcare more affordable.

3) Livonia doctor, 7 others charged in alleged $18 million fake prescription scheme. Crain’s, January 9, 2018.

A Livonia doctor and others have been charged in a prescription scheme involving opioids and other drugs.

4) Opioid Judge Wants ‘Meaningful’ National Accord on Cities Suits. Bloomberg, January 9, 2018.

The judge overseeing lawsuits against makers of opioid painkillers hopes a resolution can be worked out that will have a meaningful impact on the drug epidemic.

5) Legal impasse puts Detroit medical marijuana ordinance on hold. Detroit Free Press, January 9, 2018.

Detroit’s medical marijuana ordinance went into effect last week, but legal proceedings have brought the industry to a halt.

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