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) Judge gives state until March to respond to Flint suit. The Detroit News, February 1, 2016.

Michigan has until March 2 to respond to the civil lawsuit filed by Flint residents over lead-contaminated drinking water.

2) Johnson & Johnson, ViaCyte Testing Possible Diabetes Cure. AP, February 4, 2016.

Johnson & Johnson and ViaCyte have joined forces to speed development of the first stem cell treatment that could potentially cure Type 1 diabetes.

3) Suspect in body parts sales sent to halfway house. The Detroit Free Press, February 2, 2016.

Grosse Pointe Park resident Arthur Rathburn has been ordered to reside in a halfway house during the case against him for dismembering cadavers and selling infected body parts.

4) Amid surge in malpractice lawsuits, EHRs often targeted in litigation, attorney says. Healthcare IT News, February 4, 2016.

Recently, a group of plaintiffs’ attorneys have started to see electronic health records as an opportunity for litigation.

5) Big Pharma’s big push to get patients to take their meds. STAT, February 4, 2016.

Drug makers are pouring money into programs pushing patients to take all pills prescribed to them.

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