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) Trump Administration Won’t Be Forced to Provide Health-Insurance Subsidies. The Wall Street Journal, October 25, 2017.

A federal judge in California said he would not force the Trump administration to continue paying insurers for providing health-coverage discounts to lower-income consumers.

2) Obamacare rates will skyrocket 27% in Michigan in 2018. Detroit Free Press, October 25, 2017.

The plans on the Affordable Care Act exchange will jump up an average of 26.9% in Michigan.

3) C.D.C. Panel Recommends a New Shingles Vaccine. The New York Times, October 25, 2017.

The CDC recommended a new vaccine to prevent shingles and in the coming months, may recommend that adults who received the old vaccine get the new vaccine.

4) Rhode Island doctor pleads guilty to opioid kickback scheme related to Insys. Reuters, October 25, 2017.

A doctor said he participated in a scheme for kickbacks, in exchange for writing prescriptions for an addictive cancer pain drug.

5) Pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak cleared of murder. AP, October 26, 2017.

Pharmacist Glenn Chin was cleared of murder after prosecutors failed to prove he was responsible for the deaths of people injected with contaminated drugs.

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