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. Health Insurance Companies and Fraud? ProPublica. September 10, 2019.

Healthcare prosecutors claim that health insurance companies are not putting in efforts to stop medical fraud.

2) Democratic Bill Aims to Negotiate Medicare Drug Prices. The Washington Post. September 9, 2019.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to release a drug-pricing bill that would allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices on hundreds of drugs in Medicare that do not have competitors and would offer those prices to all consumers.

3) Mayo Clinic and Google Enter Into a Partnership. Stat News. September 10, 2019.

Mayo Clinic announced that it has struck a partnership with Google to store patient data in the cloud and build products using artificial intelligence and other technologies to improve care.

4) Utah Ransomware Attack Affects 320,000 Patients. HIPAA Journal. September 10, 2019.

The attack occurred in early July and prevented access to patient data. According to the August 30, 2019 breach notice on its website, the physician group notified law enforcement and engaged the services of technical consultants to investigate the breach and regain access to its patient data.

5) Purdue Pharma Reaches Tentative Settlement. The Washington Post. September 11, 2019.

Purdue Pharma, manufacturer of the painkiller OxyContin, reached a tentative settlement with 23 states and more than 2,000 cities and counties that sued the company over its role in the opioid crisis.

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