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) 10 Infant Deaths May Be Related to Teething Remedies, F.D.A. Says. The New York Times, October 18, 2016.

The FDA is investigating the use of homeopathic teething gels and tablets in relation to 10 infant deaths.

2) Frustration Runs Deep for Customers Forced To Change Marketplace Plans Routinely. Kaiser Health News, October 17, 2016.

Offerings on the health exchange marketplace are shrinking and patients are struggling with the instability.

3) St. Jude forms cyber panel after claims of heart-device bugs. Reuters, October 17, 2016.

St. Jude Medical plans to create a medical advisory board focused on the cyber-security issues affecting patient care and safety.

4) Why High Earners Are Likely to See Higher Medicare Premiums in 2017. The Wall Street Journal, October 17, 2016. 

Costs are likely to be concentrated among the highest-earning Medicare beneficiaries in the coming year.

5) MACRA may be troublesome for some health IT vendors. Modern Healthcare, October 18, 2016.

Small vendors will face great pressure to meet certification requirements under MACRA.

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