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) New Drugs in Testing to Combat ‘Superbugs.’ The Wall Street Journal, June 14, 2016.

Antibiotics have helped to create dangerous superbugs, and now drug companies are trying to create a drug that can fight drug-resistant bugs and bacteria.

2) FDA Approves Weight Loss Stomach Pump AspireAssist to Combat Obesity. NBC News, June 14, 2016.

The FDA approved an external pump that dumps stomach contents into the toilet to aid in weight loss.

3) Hospitals that mess up are urged to confess. Crain’s, June 13, 2016.

The federal government is pushing hospitals to be honest about medical mistakes, as opposed to hiding them from the public.

4) Screen flashes and pop-up reminders: ‘Alert fatigue’ spreads through medicine. Healthcare IT News, June 15, 2016.

Electronic patient records include automated alert systems that may be causing alert fatigue and overwhelming practitioners.

5) Letter mistakenly says 15k seniors would lose Medicare. The Detroit News, June 15, 2016.

A letter sent to low-income Michigan seniors wrongfully stated that their Medicare Part B benefits were being eliminated.

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