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) Health records vendor settles false claims suit for $155M. The AP, May 31, 2017.

One of the largest EHR vendors is paying to settle allegations that it caused healthcare providers to submit false claims.

2) Ohio Sues Five Drugmakers, Saying They Fueled Opioid Crisis. The Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2017.

Ohio claims that five drug companies misrepresented the addictive risks of their painkillers.

3) Report: MSU, UM, Wayne State spent $1.2 billion on health sciences research in 2015. Crain’s, June 1, 2017.

Michigan’s top research universities spent $1.2 billion on research and development and created a new spinoff in the sector every month.

4) Medicare plans to replace Social Security numbers on cards. ABC News, May 30, 2017.

The government is on track to meet a 2019 deadline to replace Social Security numbers on Medicare cards with random numbers and letters to protect against identity theft.

5) NIH Plans Partnerships With Drug Companies to Tackle Opioid Abuse. The Wall Street Journal, May 31, 2017.

The National Institutes of Health wants companies to increase research on treatments for opioid abuse and on pain drugs that are not addictive.

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