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) Top federal health agency failed to fix billing problem for years – and may have cost taxpayers up to $102 million. CNBC, December 5, 2017.

CMS failed to fix a billing code discrepancy for seven years.

2) Eye doctor awaits sentence in $100 million Medicare fraud. ABC News, December 5, 2017.

A prominent Florida eye doctor was convicted in a $100 million Medicare fraud scheme.

3) 18,470 Henry Ford Health System patients’ data hacked. Crain’s, December 6, 2017.

Over 18,000 patients had their personal health information viewed or stolen by an unknown hacker in October.

4) Jury orders Bayer, J&J to pay $28 million in Xarelto lawsuit. Reuters, December 5, 2017.

Bayer and Johnson & Johnson were ordered to pay over the drugmakers’ failure to warn of internal bleeding risks from their blood thinner Xarelto.

5) Tech vendors tackle credentialing, hiring and scheduling with predictive analytics and automation. Healthcare IT News, December 6, 2017.

Two classes of vendors are focusing on credentialing, hiring, and automation to help lessen the burden on hospitals.

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