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) IBM’s Supercomputer Is Bringing AI-Fueled Cancer Care to Everyday Americans. Fortune, February 1, 2017.

IMB has struck a deal with a community hospital to bring supercomputer ‘Watson’ in to help match patients with effective personalized treatments and instructions on drug administration.

2) U.S. proposes 0.25 percent hike in Medicare Advantage payments. Reuters, February 1, 2017.

The government proposed an increase in payments to insurers who offer Medicare Advantage insurance, in line with early estimates.

3) Cybercriminals deploy malware for half of successful cyberattacks, IBM study finds. Healthcare IT News, February 2, 2017.

Almost half of successful healthcare cyberattacks result from a criminal accessing a system or data by injecting malicious content.

4) Standards committee pushes for device IDs on insurance claims. Modern Healthcare, February 1, 2017.

A committee is moving the process forward for including unique device identifiers on insurance claims forms.

5) D.C. urges Congress to allow Death with Dignity, calls act a local matter. The Washington Times, January 31, 2017.

This week, the process of repealing the Death with Dignity Act will begin, igniting great controversy.

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