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) New Rules Could Ease Patients’ Access to Their Own Health Records. The Wall Street Journal, February 11, 2019. 

The Trump administration is proposing actions to allow patients easier access to their personal health information, even allowing them to access their PHI from their smartphone.

2) Hackers are stealing millions of medical records – and selling them on the dark web. CBS News, February 14, 2019.

As medical providers begin to store files digitally, some are leaving their patients’ vulnerable to attack.

3) Federal indictment charges 6 in $48M Medicaid fraud. The Associated Press, February 8, 2019. 

The six are accused of charging millions of dollars in services that were not provided in a drug and alcohol rehab facility. 

4)  Gliead accused of funneling kickbacks to providers to boost sales. Modern Healthcare, February 14, 2019.

The drug maker has been hit with lawsuits accusing it of paying healthcare providers, government agencies and other organizations to boost the sale of certain drugs.

5) Bill would give those 50-plus option to buy into Medicare. The Associated Press, February 14, 2019.

The new bill introduced in states such as Michigan would allow people between the ages of 50 and 64 to buy into Medicare.

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