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. HHS Wrestling with Transparency and Privacy Balance in Interoperability Rule. Fierce Healthcare. February 19, 2020.

As the industry waits for a landmark rule aimed at opening up access to patient data, regulators are challenged with balancing data privacy and transparency.

2) San Antonio Doctor Found Guilty of Falsely Diagnosing Patients in $325 Million Fraud Scheme. San Antonio Express News. February 19, 2020.

A doctor who had a practice in San Antonio’s Medical Center was found guilty of falsely diagnosing patients with rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions so he could prescribe drugs as part of a $325 million fraud scheme.

3) Consumer Groups and Unions Oppose Fix for Planned Merge of AbbVie and Allergan. Reuters. February 18, 2020.

A group of unions and consumer groups wrote to US antitrust enforcers to oppose a proposed remedy that could lead to US approval for Abbvie’s planned purchase of Allergan.

4) It’s Not Just Hospitals That Are Quick to Sue Patients that Cannot Pay. NPR. February 19, 2020.

A physician-staffing firm that runs the ER at Nashville General Hospital sued 700 patients in Davidson County during 2019.

5) How a Massachusetts Hospital’s Faulty Data Slashed Medicare Payments Statewide. Becker’s Hospital Review. February 13, 2020.

Erroneous data submitted to CMS by one Massachusetts hospital caused 39 hospitals across the state to lose an estimated $115 million in 2017.

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