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) ONC dials back meaningful use certification program. Healthcare IT News, September 21, 2017.

Changes have been made to meaningful use criteria to reduce the burden on the industry.

2) States ask insurers to prioritize non-opioid pain treatment. The AP, September 18, 2017.

Attorneys general asked states to encourage pain treatment, other than through the prescription of opioid painkillers.

3) States Back Big Insurance Increases Amid Health Law’s Uncertainty. The Wall Street Journal, September 20, 2017.

Many state regulators are approving rate increases for insurance plans to be sold next year, as Affordable Care Act plan premiums must be locked in soon.

4) Report: Michigan veteran suicide rates higher than national average in younger age groups. Crain’s, September 19, 2017.

Veteran suicide rates in Michigan has a slightly lower rate overall than the national average, but significantly higher rate in the 18-34 age range.

5) Democratic lawmakers seek probe of HHS secretary’s use of private jets. Reuters, September 20, 2017.

Several government officials have asked for an investigation into HHS Secretary Tom Price’s use of private jets for travel on government business.

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