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) U.S. Officials Propose Test Program Aimed at Lowering Medicare Drug Costs. The Wall Street Journal, March 8, 2016.

A proposed test program would see if lowering reimbursements would prompt Medicare doctors to choose lower-cost medications.

2) Health apps may pose major privacy concerns. CBS News, March 8, 2016.

Mobile health apps that contain information such as disease status and medication information could pose serious privacy concerns.

3) Senate poised to pass bill to combat heroin use and prescription drug abuse. USA Today, March 7, 2016.

The Senate is poised to pass a bill that would provide grants to combat heroin addiction and prescription painkiller abuse.

4) HHS seeks industry pros to join healthcare cybersecurity task force. Healthcare IT News, March 7, 2016.

The Department of Health and Human Services is building a task force to defend against cyber security hackers.

5) Michigan’s hospitals post impressive profit margins. Crain’s, March 9, 2016.

Michigan’s hospitals posted higher profit margins in 2014 than 2013, but health plans’ profits dipped slightly.

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