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) Private doc practices dwindling fast. Healthcare IT News, December 16, 2014.

Private physician practices dwindle as more doctors opt to become part of a hospital or health system.

2) More hospitals moving to improved EHRs, CMS reports. Modern Healthcare, December 16, 2014.

After a slow start, nearly 3,700 hospitals have upgraded their EHRs and have attested to meeting meaningful-use requirements.

3) Compound Pharmacy Owners and Employees Arrested for Meningitis Outbreak. The Wall Street Journal. December 17, 2014.

Fourteen former owners and employees were charged in connection with a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people nationwide.

4) Patient data held for ransom at rural Illinois hospital. Modern Healthcare, December 17, 2014.

A hospital received an e-mail ransom demand which contained patient information, and threatened to make the information public unless the hospital made a substantial payment.

5) Michigan House could consider cheaper health care option under ‘Obamacare’. MLive, December 17, 2014.

A bill that would allow for more direct doctor-patient relationships, with an aim to lower the cost of healthcare, moved out of the House Insurance Committee on Tuesday.

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