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) House OKs new bills to fight opioid epidemic. The Detroit News, December 13, 2017.

The Michigan House approved multiple bills aimed at combating the opioid epidemic by tracking and controlling the flow of prescription drugs.

2) Keck Medicine tests Black Box to improve patient safety by monitoring surgeons. Healthcare IT News, December 13, 2017.

Researches are testing a recording tool that is attached to a robotic surgery system and holds surgeons accountable.

3) Medtronic settles states’ probe into Infuse marketing for $12 million. Reuters, December 13, 2017.

Medtronic agreed to pay $12 million to resolve claims that it engaged in a deceptive marketing strategy to promote its product.

4) Survey: Michigan ranks 35th in nation for overall health. Crain’s, December 12, 2017.

Michigan is ranked 35th in the nation for overall health, and 35th in drug deaths.

5) 85% of physician practices weathered cyberattacks, disrupting care, risking safety. Healthcare IT News, December 12, 2017.

Hackers continue to attack healthcare practices and hospitals, and will continue to do so.

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