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) 2017 was a big year for FDA digital health regulations. Healthcare IT News, December 26, 2017.

The FDA revised regulatory processes, implemented a pre-certification program and released new guidance this year.

2) ‘Nobody Thought It Would Come to This’: Drug Maker Teva Faces a Crisis. The New York Times, December 27, 2017.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is facing a crisis in Israel, where many Israelis are angry with layoffs and plant closures.

3) Some Doctors Still Billing Medicare for the Most Complicated, Expensive Office Visits. ProPublica, December 27, 2017.

Despite warnings from government officials, health professionals continue to bill Medicare at high levels, when the high levels aren’t always justified.

4) Official opposes delay of Indian Health Service director. AP, December 27, 2017.

A tribal official says delay in the appointment of an Indian Health Service director could create more problems at hospitals.

5) State criticizes lax Detroit Wayne mental health agency oversight of Medicaid funds. Crain’s, December 22, 2017.

Issues and potential overbilled Medicaid funds are drawing fire from Michigan state agencies.

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