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) Doctors, Hospitals Say ‘No’ to Obamacare Plans. U.S. News & World Report, November 4, 2015.

Patients with Obamacare are learning that doctors and hospitals don’t have to agree to accept patients with the plan.

2) FDA looks to improve its use of IT for clinical investigations. FierceHealthIT, November 3, 2015.

The FDA established a public docket to ask how stakeholders use technology to improve research efforts.

3) Health Co-Ops’ Failures Spur Finger-Pointing. The Wall Street Journal, November 4, 2015.

Of the 23 operating co-ops, 11 have folded or are expected to close.

4) HealthPlus signs final agreement to merge with HAP. Crain’s, November 2, 2015.

HealthPlus of Michigan and Health Alliance Plan have agreed to merge January 1st, pending state approval.

5) ‘Defensive Medicine’ May Lower Malpractice Risks. The New York Times, November 4, 2015.

Ordering extra tests and procedures can ward of malpractice suits.

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