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. 80,000 Patients Impacted by Provider’s Ransomware Attack. Health It Security. December 11, 2019.

About 80,000 patients from a Minnesota Provider are being notified after a ransomware attack potentially caused an “inadvertent exposure” of protected health information.

2) Justice Department to Review Google’s $2.1 Billion Fitbit Acquisition. Forbes. December 10, 2019.

The Justice Department will review Google’s proposed $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness tracking company Fitbit. This puts Google in the sights of government watchdogs yet again as it already faces antitrust and data privacy investigations from federal and state regulators. 

3) Scam Ring Stopped at Florida Veterans’ Hospitals. U.S. News. December 11, 2019.

Fraudulent suppliers stole millions from the federal government by bribing purchasing agents and others at Florida veterans hospitals and then billing for orders that were non-existent or grossly overpriced.

4) Supreme Court Hears Another ObamaCare Case. NPR. December 11, 2019.

The U.S. Supreme Court examined Obamacare for the fifth time on Tuesday, only this time the justices cast their skeptical gaze on Republican efforts to hobble the law.

5) Johnson & Johnson Appeals Oklahoma Judge’s Opioid Ruling. AP News. December 10, 2019.

Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson have appealed an Oklahoma judge’s order for the company to pay $465 million to address the state’s opioid crisis. The company argues in an appeal filed Monday that the judge misapplied the state’s public nuisance laws in reaching the decision.

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