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. Beaumont Investigating Security Breach of 1,200 Patient Files. The Detroit News. January 25, 2020.

Beaumont notified 1,182 individuals about the incident saying a now-former employee had unauthorized access of patient information. The employee, who was terminated, is suspected of disclosing information to an individual working on behalf of a personal injury attorney.

2) Personal Information Possibly Compromised for 1,100 Insurance Users. AP News. January 29, 2020.

The personal information and Social Security numbers of about 1,100 users of Connecticut’s state health insurance marketplace might have been compromised after a security breach last fall.

3) Allscripts’ Practice Fusion Admits to Illegal Kickbacks from Opioid Maker, Agrees to $145 Million Settlement. Mobile Health News. January 28, 2020.

EHR developer Practice Fusion agreed to pay $145 million alongside an admission that it “solicited and received kickbacks from a major opioid company” in exchange for clinical decision support (CDS) alerts promoting unnecessary prescription opioids.

4) Doctor Wins $4.75 Million in Defamation Suit Against Hospital. Medscape. January 28, 2020.

Dr. Denman sued after the hospital and medical group took a series of actions in response to a claim that Dr. Denman smelled of alcohol while on duty. The doctor’s lawsuit alleged the claim was unproven; that administrators failed to conduct a proper peer-review investigation; and that repercussions from the false allegation resulted in lost compensation, out-of-pocket expenses, emotional distress, and damage to her professional reputation.

5) CMS Aims to Expand APIs to Increase EHR Interoperability. Government CIO Media. January 29, 2020.

CMS is pushing forward several application program interface solutions and policy efforts to continue moving toward a connected, interoperable electronic health record system.

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