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) Feds allege $900 million in fake medical bills, kickbacks and other health care fraud. The Washington Post, June 22, 2016.

The Department of Justice announced that it performed the largest takedown for Medicare and Medicaid fraud in history.

2) Novi-based drug wholesaler Frank W. Kerr Co. to close after 103 years. Crain’s, June 22, 2016.

One of the country’s largest independent pharmaceutical wholesalers is calling it quits.

3) IBM Watson aligns with 16 health systems and imaging firms to apply cognitive computing to battle cancer, diabetes, heart disease. Healthcare IT News, June 22, 2016.

IBM Watson Health has formed an imaging collaborative to take on deadly diseases.

4) High Earners Face Steep Hikes in Medicare Premiums. The Wall Street Journal, June 22, 2016.

Officials project a 22% increase in Part B costs.

5) FBI hunts doctor from Flint area tied to Islamic State. The Detroit News, June 23, 2016.

Federal agents are looking for a Flint medical school graduate who fled to Syria and is believed to be working as a doctor for Islamic State extremists.

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