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. Senators Put Pressure on Billing Company Involved In Data Breach. TheHill, June 7, 2019.

The breach involved an unauthorized user gaining access to the system of the American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), the billing collection company used by Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp.

2) Top Hospital Found to Have Violated Patient Care Requirements? HoustonChronicle, June 11, 2019.

The federal government found MD Anderson Cancer Center in violation of significant hospital requirements for patient care and safety. Regulators notified the hospital that it will come under more aggressive government oversight in the aftermath of an problematic event involving a blood transfusion.

3) Opioid Drug Maker Files for Bankruptcy. NYTimes, June 10, 2019.

Insys Therapeutics filed for bankruptcy protection, days after agreeing to pay $225 million to settle a federal investigation into the marketing practices for its fentanyl.

4) Nurse Union Alleges Top Hospital Puts Patients at Risk with Staffing Practices. ChicagoTribune, June 11, 2019.

The union alleges that the hospital has failed to provide adequate nurse staffing, training for violent patients, and illegally mandates that nurses work overtime.

5) Co-Owner of Pharmacy in US Meningitis Outbreak Found Not Guilty. Reuters, June 7, 2019.

A federal court tossed the convictions of a co-owner of a compounding pharmacy accused of conspiring to help it evade regulatory oversight before its drugs caused a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak.

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