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) Patient notifications about payment models could cost hospitals. Modern Healthcare, October 11, 2016.

Hospitals say a proposal to have them notify patients regarding a change in coverage would result in high penalties and be costly to administer.

2) St. Jude Medical Warns of Battery Problems with Heart Products. The Wall Street Journal, October 12, 2016.

St. Jude warned that hundreds of thousands of implanted heart defibrillators could lose power and stop functioning.

3) What experimental drug? Most companies don’t post compassionate use policies. STAT, October 11, 2016.

Only 19% of drug makers publicly post policies about how they obtain experimental drugs.

4) DMC’s fed funds at risk if issues not fixed in 90 days. The Detroit News, October 12, 2016.

The Detroit Medical Center was faulted for problems with sterilizing surgical instruments and it has until December to fix them or lose funding.

5) Drug price hikes slam hospitals, AHA and others say. Healthcare IT News, October 12, 2016.

Drug price hikes that are not related to improving patient health are costing hospitals.

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