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. Michigan Sues Walgreens and Other Drug Companies for Causing Opioid Crisis. Detroit Free Press. December 17, 2019.

The state of Michigan filed suit in Wayne County Circuit Court, charging McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health Inc., AmerisourceBergen Corporation, and Walgreens with creating the opioid epidemic by flooding the market with prescription pain pills and for selling the drugs without oversight, causing them to be easily diverted for illegal use.

2) U.S. Sues CVS for Fraudulently Billing Medicare and Medicaid for Invalid Prescriptions. Reuters. December 17, 2019.

CVS and its Omnicare unit were sued by the U.S. government, which accused them of fraudulently billing Medicare and other programs for drugs for older and disabled people without valid prescriptions.

3) Repeal of ObamaCare Taxes in Bipartisan Spending Deal Costs $373 Billion. The Hill. December 17, 2019.

The repeal of three ObamaCare taxes in the bipartisan government funding deal poised to pass Congress this week will deprive the government of $373.3 billion over 10 years.

4) Congress Considers Bipartisan Compromise Legislation On Surprise Medical Bills. NPR. December 17, 2019.

After months of hearings and negotiations, millions of dollars in attack ads, full-court-press lobbying efforts and countless rounds of negotiations, Congress appears to be moving toward a solution to the nation’s surprise medical bill problem.

5) Bayer asks U.S. appeals court to reverse $25 Million Verdict. Reuters. December 16, 2019.

Bayer stated it has asked a U.S. federal appeals court to throw out a $25 million judgment it was ordered to pay to a California man who blamed the company’s Roundup weed killer for his cancer.

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