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) 8 out of 10 mobile health apps open to HIPAA violations, hacking, data theft. Healthcare IT News, January 13, 2016.

Most health apps are susceptible to the most common hacking techniques: code tampering and reverse-engineering.

2) FDA Took 17 Months to Notify Doctors on Scopes’ ‘Superbug’ Dangers. The Wall Street Journal, January 14, 2016.

The FDA took no action to alert hospitals and doctors until over a year after being alerted to the superbug dangers.

3) 209,000 organizations to pay Medicaid penalties for missing meaningful use requirements. Healthcare IT News, January 13, 2016.

Despite the end of meaningful use, many eligible providers will see a 2% cut in their 2016 Medicaid payments.

4) UN Chief: West Africa on Cusp of Being Declared Ebola Free. The AP, January 13, 2016.

While West Africa is celebrating the end of the Ebola epidemic, they have been warned that future flare-ups are inevitable.

5) Controversial ‘pay-for-delay’ deals drop after FTC’s win in top court. Reuters, January 13, 2016.

Branded drug companies made fewer deals with generic makers to delay sales of cheaper medicines after the Supreme Court’s ruling.

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