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. Supreme Court Denies a Fast-Track a Challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The Washington Post. January 21, 2020.

Without comment, the Supreme Court turned down a motion by the House of Representatives and Democratic-led states to expedite review of a decision last month by a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

2) Trump Wants Hospitals’ Negotiated Rates Posted, Texas Experts Weigh In. D Healthcare Daily. January 21, 2020.

The rules say that health insurers must give patients “an estimate of their cost-sharing liability for all covered healthcare items and services, through an online tool that most group health plans and health insurance issuers would be required to make available to all of their members.”

3) Judge Reduces $8 Billion Risperdal award against Johnson & Johnson to $6.8 Million. Reuters. January 17, 2020.

No reason was given for the reduction, which was disclosed in court records. Lawyers for Murray have said the punitive damages award was the first in thousands of lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit over Risperdal.

4) Hospitals Give Tech Giants Access to Medical Records. Wall Street Journal. January 20, 2020.

Deals with Microsoft, IBM and Google reveal the power medical providers have in deciding how patients’ sensitive health data is shared.

5) Epic Tells Customers It Will Stop Google Cloud Integrations. Healthcare IT News. January 20, 2020.

Electronic health record giant Epic Systems has been notifying customers that it no longer plans to pursue integrations with Google Cloud, and will instead focus on integrating into platforms offered by Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure service .

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