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. Democrats Fight for Universal Healthcare. Bloomberg. August 23, 2019.

Democrats continue to engage in a vigorous debate about how to achieve their goal of universal health-care coverage. 

2) Health Insurers Plan to Expand Offerings Under the Affordable Care Act. Wall Street Journal. August 22, 2019.

Insurers are expanding their Affordable Care Act plan offerings for next year, with the once-troubled business now profitable, even as the overall individual-insurance market has shrunk.

3) Johnson & Johnson Liable for $572 Million in Oklahoma Opioid Epidemic Trial. Reuters. August 26, 2019.

An Oklahoma judge ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $572.1 million to the state for its role in fueling an opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing addictive painkillers. This figure was substantially less than investors had expected, which in turn drove up Johnson & Johnson shares.

4) Artificial Intelligence Start Ups Racing into Drug Development. Stat Plus. August 22, 2019.

With big checks from venture capitalists and exploratory deals with drug makers, these startups are aiming to cut costs and speed up progress in everything from discovering therapeutic targets to enrolling patients in clinical trials.

5) Federal Government to Improve Confidentiality Rules for Addiction Treatment. AP News. August 22, 2019.

Federal officials proposed to revamp stringent patient confidentiality regulations to encourage coordination among medical professionals treating people caught in the nation’s opioid epidemic.

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