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) Precision medicine growth hinges on electronic health records. Healthcare IT News, January 7, 2016.

Precision medicine is about delivering the right treatment at the right time for individual illnesses, which will require the use of EHR data, along with other factors.

2) Health-Law Tax-Credit Payments to Insurers Questioned. The Wall Street Journal, January 6, 2016.

The Obama administration could not ensure that all tax-credit payments made under the Affordable Care Act in 2014 were on behalf of consumers who paid their premiums.

3) Medicare Advantage, Part D fines slow in 2015. Modern Healthcare, January 5, 2016.

CMS penalties to insurers is down to $4.72 million in 2015 from $4.93 million in 2014.

4) Feds To Hospitals: Improve Your Discharge Planning Or We’ll Make You. Forbes, January 6, 2016.

Both states and the federal government are taking steps to require improvement in hospital discharge plans and in communication with patients.

5) FTC: ‘Brain training’ brand Lumosity didn’t have the research to back up its claims. The Washington Post, January 5, 2016.

Lumosity has agreed to settle charges that it has been misleading consumers regarding brain training for $2 million.

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