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) Hospitals ramp up efforts to reduce maternal deaths in Michigan. Crain’s, December 20, 2017.

Michigan ranks eighth in the nation for its maternal mortality rate and hospitals are attempting to lower this number.

2) OIG: HHS audit results reveal cybersecurity flaws in configuration, access controls. Healthcare IT News, December 20, 2017.

A new report from the Office of the Inspector General indicates that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services security controls need improvement.

3) FDA proposes tighter norms to grant orphan status for children’s treatments. Reuters, December 19, 2017.

The U.S. FDA wants to tighten norms for granting orphan drug status to treatments for children to stop companies from bypassing pediatric drug trials.

4) Humana, Private-Equity Firms Agree to Buy Kindred Healthcare. The Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2017.

Kindred Healthcare, the home-health and hospice operator, will be acquired by Humana and two private-equity firms.

5) Judge: Plastic surgery was wrongly denied for 3 HIV patients. AP, December 20, 2017.

A cosmetic surgery firm denied surgery to three men with HIV, violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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