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) National Health Spending to Surpass $10,000 a Person in 2016. The New York Times, July 13, 2016.

Spending is expected to grow by an average of 5.8% per year until 2025.

2) Fewer than a third of ACA co-ops will still be open for business this fall. The Washington Post, July 12, 2016.

Only seven nonprofit member-run health plans will take place in the Affordable Care Act enrollment this fall.

3) Senate Approves Bill to Combat Opioid Addiction. The New York Times, July 13, 2016.

The Senate approved a bill to tackle the nation’s growing opioid crisis.

4) Healthcare organizations (some, at least) prep for data breaches with drills, simulations and more. Healthcare IT News, July 14, 2016. 

Healthcare data breaches could be costing the industry $6.2 billion and some healthcare organizations have decided to act.

5) Evolent to buy Valence Health for $145 million. Modern Healthcare, July 13, 2016.

Two large consulting firms that work with hospitals, doctors and insurers are merging.

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