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. Federal Government to Investigate Partnership with Google and Ascension. Newsweek. November 12, 2019.

Google’s move into the medical information field known as Project Nightingale may be creating a database of patient information that is not compliant with HIPAA and which does not require the consent of patients to release their personal information.

2) Michigan Interoperability Organizations to Merge. Hea!thcare Innovation. November 7, 2019.

Michigan Health Information Network Shared Services (MiHIN) and Great Lakes Health Connect (GLHC), the leading health information exchange in Michigan, have announced plans to merge by the end of 2019.

3) Trump Administration to Make Changes to its Drug Proposal. The Hill. November 13, 2019.

Under the original proposal, prices would still have been lower than they are now, but would still be a certain percentage higher than they are in other countries. The Trump Administration wants the proposal changed so that prices in the US are lower than prices in other countries.

4) New York Insurance Regulators Notify Opioid Makers of Enforcement Action. Reuters. November 13, 2019.

New York’s insurance regulator has notified a group of opioid manufacturers and distributors that it will launch a civil enforcement action against them for contributing towards a rise in health insurance premiums in the state.

5) Johnson & Johnson’s Remicade Drug Loses Market Share. Reuters. November 13, 2019.

Johnson & Johnson’s Remicade, a drug that treats autoimmune disorders, has steadily lost market share among patients enrolled in Quebec’s public drug program, even after a court ruling reinstated full coverage in January,

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