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) What Anthem’s Settlement Reveals About Future Data Breach Suits. The Wall Street Journal, July 3, 2017. 

The recent settlement could make it possible for future plaintiffs to argue they were harmed as a result of their personal information being stolen or exposed in a breach.

2) Drug and device makers paid doctors $8.18 billion in 2016, CMS data shows. Healthcare IT News, July 5, 2017.

CMS posted data showing that doctors and hospitals were paid $8.18 billion by drug makers and medical devices manufacturers.

3) What to Expect as Health-Law Debate Moves Forward. The Wall Street Journal, July 4, 2017.

A vote could happen soon after Congress returns next week, if negotiations on changes to the bill are successful.

4) FDA puts hold on Merck multiple myeloma trials after deaths. Reuters, July 5, 2017.

Merck & Co had a clinical hold on studies after more deaths were reported when using immunotherapy for the blood cancer.

5) Heartburn drugs tied to greater mortality. Fox News, July 5, 2017.

Widely used heartburn drugs are associated with increased risk of death.

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