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. Beaumont Health System Expanding into Ohio. Detroit Free Press July 9, 2019.

Beaumont Health announced Tuesday that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Summa Health, a hospital system based out of northeastern Ohio.

2) Medicare Advantage Provider Directories have Less Accurate Information than Google? Becker’s Hospital Review. July 10, 2019.

CMS found nearly half of provider entries had address errors, incorrect phone numbers, or physicians who were not accepting new patients. This clearly makes it exceedingly difficult for patients to find providers in the Medicare Advantage network.

3) The Affordable Care Act is Back in Court. The New York Times. July 9, 2019.

A federal appeals court heard oral arguments on July 9. It appeared it would likely uphold a lower-court ruling that the provision of the Affordable Care Act, the requirement that most people have health insurance, is unconstitutional.

4) Penalty Program in U.S. Hospitals Has Not Lowered Infection Rates or Other Complications. Reuters. July 10, 2019.

This program was created as part of the Affordable Care Act to provide more persuasive incentives for hospitals to prevent infections and other illnesses that can make hospitalized patients more sick.

5) FDA Reports New Efforts to Speed Up Generic Drug Development. Bloomberg Law. July 10, 2019.

FDA thinks its efforts may lead to generic drugs coming to the market quicker.

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