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 Request Closing Loopholes That Make Health Care Fraud Simple. Pro Publica. August 14, 2019.

After an account of how scam artists can easily gain access to health care money, Democratic senators this week sent a letter to federal regulators urging them to close loopholes that allow bad actors to commit fraud.

2) Federal Prosecutors Seek $17 Million to Resolve Kickbacks. AP News. August 12, 2019.

Prosecutors are seeking more than $17 million in restitution from doctors and administrators who received kickbacks for steering lucrative patients to a Dallas medical center.

3) Cadillac Tax of the Affordable Care Act May Be Repealed. NPR. August 14, 2019.

Opposition to repealing the Cadillac Tax still remains. A letter to the Senate from healthcare economists that implementing it would “help curtail the growth of private health insurance premiums by encouraging employers to limit the costs of plans to the tax-free amount.” That letter also pointed out that repealing the tax “would add directly to the federal budget deficit, an estimated $197 billion over the next decade.

4) US Lawmakers Pressure Drug Makers Regarding Drug Pricing. Reuters. August 14, 2019.

The U.S. House of Representative’s called on drug makers to turn over documents as part of an ongoing congressional review over generic drug price increases and accused the companies of efforts to block the investigation.

5) Sharing of Genetic Information Between Health Systems and Pharmaceutical Companies Raises Concerns. The Wall Street Journal. August 12, 2019. 

Deals between drug makers and hospital systems to mine the genetic profiles of hospital patients are triggering concerns over the control of valuable genetic data.

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