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) OIG to CMS: Make EHR fraud prevention efforts a priority. Healthcare IT News, April 1, 2015. 

The Office of Inspector General is yet again calling out CMS for failing to address fraud vulnerabilities in electronic health records.

2) Limiting physicians’ device choices tied to lower costs, better outcomes. Modern Healthcare, April 1, 2015.

A new study found that variations in the way physicians use medical devices have a significant effect on costs and patient outcomes.

3) FDA Gets Poor Grades When it Comes to Allowing Scientists to Speak Freely. The Wall Street Journal, March 31, 2015.

Federal government scientists have expressed concern over restrictions on their ability to speak regarding matters that affect public health.

4) 3 ways Congress could still kill ICD-10. Healthcare IT News, April 1, 2015.

ICD-10 is not entirely safe from further delay.

5) FDA Offers Guidance on Developing Opioids Less Prone to Be Abused. The Wall Street Journal, April 1, 2015.

A set of suggestions were issued to encourage painkiller formulations that are more difficult to crush, inject or snort.

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