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. Tenet Healthcare to Pay $1.4 Million to Settle Cardiac Lawsuit. AP News. February 11, 2020.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation and its Southern California hospital Desert Regional Medical Center will pay $1.41 million to resolve allegations that they knowingly charged Medicare for implanting unnecessary cardiac monitors in patients.

2) State Lawmaker Wants to End Non-Compete Contracts for Doctors. AP News. February 12, 2020.

A state legislator is working to ban non-compete agreements for physicians in Minnesota. Democratic State Rep. Alice Mann, who is also a doctor, plans to reintroduce a bill during the legislative session on Tuesday.

3) Privacy Law Covering Most Medical Care May Not Apply in Schools. Reuters. February 12, 2020.

The privacy protections Americans have come to expect when it comes to their medical information may not always apply in school settings, a new report suggests.

4) Medtronic Recalls Certain MiniMed Insulin Pumps Tied to One Death. CNN. February 12, 2020.

Medtronic has recalled some of its insulin pumps after injuries and one death were reported due to the device malfunctioning, according to a FDA report. The FDA identified it as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall.

5) GOP has Internal Division on Bill to Lower Drug Prices. The Hill. February 11, 2020.

Senate Republicans have “internal divisions” on a bill to lower drug prices and it is unclear how the vote will turn out.

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