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. Quicken Loans to Open Health Center for 17,000 Employees. Detroit CBS Local. October 14, 2019.

Quicken Loans is opening a 17,000-square-foot health and well-being center in downtown Detroit for workers in its family of companies. Premise Health is providing direct health care through the employer-sponsored Rock Health Collective.

2) The Ten States with the Highest and Lowest Uninsured Rates. Becker’s Hospital Review. October 10, 2019.

In order to identify the states with the highest and lowest uninsured rates, WalletHub analysts compared the overall insurance rates in 50 states in 2018 using U.S. Census Bureau data. The analysts also examined state rates based on age, race and income.

3) Drug Firms Offer to Settle U.S. Opioid Suits with $50 Billion Package. Reuters. October 16, 2019.

Five drugmakers and distributors are offering $22 billion in cash as well as drugs and services they value at $28 billion to resolve lawsuits alleging the industry fueled the U.S. opioid crisis.

4) Johnson & Johnson Makes $4 Billion Opioid Offer as Distributors Seek Deal. Bloomberg. October 15, 2019.

Johnson & Johnson offered to pay $4 billion to settle all claims accusing the company of helping fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic, as part of a potentially larger deal involving drugmakers and distributors that could top $20 billion.

5) Top Republican Rejects Democrats Approach to Stopping Surprise Medical Bills. The Hill. October 16, 2019.

The disagreements on the Ways and Means Committee illustrate how divisive the issue is and how many competing approaches there are, even though both parties say that they want to solve the problem. 

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