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) Pfizer to pay almost $785  million to resolve drug discount case. Crain’s, April 27, 2016.

Pfizer is resolving a 14-year-old lawsuit filed alleging overcharging the government for drugs provided to hospitals.

2) Drug Prices Keep Rising Despite Intense Criticism. The New York Times, April 26, 2016.

Drug prices continue to rise, with some prices rising by double-digit percentages.

3) CMS modernizes Medicaid managed care regulations, putting focus on improved health data exchange. Healthcare IT News, April 26, 2016.

CMS published new rules affecting how Medicaid works for many beneficiaries who get coverage through private managed care plans.

4) Senate passes ban on already illegal sale of fetal tissue. Detroit Free Press, April 27, 2016.

Michigan’s bill is meant to reiterate that the sale of any part of a human organ is illegal.

5) CMS Reveals Successor for Meaningful Use Program. Medscape, April 27, 2016.

The meaningful use EHR incentive program will be put into the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, effective January 1, 2017.

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