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) Ascension Health Michigan dissolves hospital boards, creates new governing structure. Crain’s, August 26, 2015.

Ascension Health Michigan has created a single nine-member statewide board with regional sub-boards.

2) Insurers Win Big Health-Rate Increases. The Wall Street Journal, August 26, 2015.

Consumers in many states can expect to see significant hikes in insurance costs in order to cover higher-than-expected claims under the Affordable Care Act.

3) 80% of health IT leaders say their systems have been compromised. Modern Healthcare, August 26, 2015.

80% of providers and insurance organizations suffered a cyberattack in the past two years that compromised their systems.

4) Palm reading the answer for patient ID? Healthcare IT News, August 26, 2015.

PatientSecure has been introduced as a way to identify patients and link them to their EHRs through the use of palm vein biometrics.

5) Amputees protest proposed Medicare changes for artificial limbs. The Washington Post, August 26, 2015.

Amputees are protesting the proposed set of rules that would change Medicare coverage that could make it more difficult for older and disabled Americans to afford artificial legs.

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