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. 8 Health Systems with Strong Finances. Becker’s Hospital Review. February 4, 2020.

These are the eight health systems with strong operational metrics and solid financial positions.

2) Walmart to Pay $7.5 Million in Settlement Over Phony Pharmacist. AP News. February 4, 2020.

Walgreens will pay $7.5 million to settle with California authorities after an employee was criminally charged with impersonating a pharmacist and illegally filling more than 745,000 prescriptions in the San Francisco Bay Area.

3) Federal Court Rules HHS Can’t Limit Fees for 3rd-Party Access to Patient Records. Fierce Healthcare. February 3, 2020.

Providers and companies will no longer be limited to the fees they are allowed to charge when a patient requests to send their health data to a third party after HHS changed its policy last week. HHS eliminated the cap on third-party fees for access to patient records following a federal judge’s ruling.

4) Maze Ransomware Hackers Extorting Providers, Posting Stolen Health Data. Health IT Security. February 4, 2020.

Recent reports have shown the hacking group behind Maze ransomware has been steadily posting the data of its victims online after the organizations fail to pay the ransom demand. A compiled list of victims shows the data of several healthcare organizations are included in those postings, despite a lack of public reporting of those incidents.

5) Malware Destroys Data of 30,000 Fondren Orthopedic Patients. Health IT Security. February 4, 2020.

Texas-based Fondren Orthopedic Group is notifying 30,049 that their data was destroyed after a malware incident in November.

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