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) New privacy concerns over government’s health care website.
AP, January 20, 2015.

Dozens of data companies can tell that you are on HealthCare.gov, and some can access your information.

2) Merged health, human services agencies poised to become the largest state department. Crain’s, January 21, 2015.

The new Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will be 14% larger than the state Department of Corrections, once the merger is complete.

3)  The newest new thing: Obama’s precision medicine initiative. Modern Healthcare, January 21, 2015.

The president used his State of the Union speech to lay out a vision for “precision medicine” – using one’s DNA to tailor treatments.

4) Measles outbreak raises question of vaccine exemptions. USA Today, January 22, 2015.

The Disneyland measles outbreak is raising questions about state laws that allow unvaccinated children to attend school.

5) Justices appear split on lawsuits over low Medicaid rates.
Modern Healthcare, January 20, 2015.

Some U.S. Supreme Court justices are skeptical as to whether healthcare providers should be able to sue state Medicaid agencies over low reimbursement rates.

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