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. Medicare Billing Error Impacts 411,000 Senior Citizens. Becker’s Hospital Review. September 25, 2019.

About 411,000 senior citizens nationwide were double billed for their Medicare premiums in September due to a glitch in the system. The error affected people who have their Medicare Part B premiums deducted from their bank accounts through Medicare’s Easy Pay System.

2) Hundreds of Medical Records Found in Trash Outside New York Clinic. Becker’s Hospital Review. September 25, 2019.

Hundreds of patients’ medical records were found near the trash outside of a New York City medical office building. Patient information that was exposed included names, Social Security numbers and medical diagnoses. Additionally, many pictures were found in the files.

3) Amazon Launches Virtual Health Clinic Pilot Program. Business Insider. September 25, 2019.

Amazon launched a virtual primary care clinic, called Amazon Care. Amazon Care includes video and text visits with clinicians, as well as in-home care. The program is a new benefit for employees of the company and is a pilot project in the Seattle area.

4) John Hopkins Surgeon Investigates Hospital Billing Practices. Becker’s Hospital Review. September 24, 2019.

The Johns Hopkins surgeon had heard stories about massive medical bills due to high-deductible health plans and out-of-network care. He found that hospitals that have filed debt-collection lawsuits against patients to garnish their wages. 

5) Best Buy Entering Healthcare? Becker’s Hospital Review. September 24, 2019.

Best Buy could generate between $11 billion and $46 billion in revenue from its commercial health business in the long term. Best Buy is focusing its growth strategy on digital health initiatives.

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