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) White House May Let States Put Work Requirements on Medicaid Recipients. The Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2017.

The Trump administration stated they are willing to work with states that want to alter their Medicaid programs by imposing work requirements, premiums, copayments, and other changes.

2) Two Words Can Soothe Patients Who Have Been Harmed: We’re Sorry. Kaiser Health News, March 15, 2017.

Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) programs are being promoted in hospitals for when things go wrong, as opposed to the age-old ‘deny and defend.’

3) Stung by surging prices, hospital pharmacies cut back on pricey drugs. STAT, March 14, 2017.

In response to annual pharmaceutical cost increases, major hospitals are rejecting new drug additions and cutting back on expensive drugs.

4) Unencrypted drive with 7 years of patient data stolen from Denton Heart Group. Healthcare IT News, March 14, 2017.

An unecrypted backup hard drive containing Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, medical histories and more was stolen.

5) Medical lobby warns against mandatory drug database. The Detroit News, March 14, 2017.

Michigan lawmakers and lobbyists are arguing over the best way to use the online system aimed at tracking opioids.

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