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• The HHS is publishing information to educate clinicians on how to appropriately taper long-term opioid users off their medications, saying it wants to clarify 'misinterpretations' of previous guidelines.
• A new California law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom prohibits collection agencies from wiping out bank accounts to pay medical debts. Agencies will be required to leave a minimum of $1,724 in a consumer's bank account.
• The CMS plans to investigate Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NJ) after a report found physicians allegedly kept a patient in a vegetative state alive for a year to improve its heart transplant program's survival rate, reports ProPublica.
• California's governor signed a bill that limits the reimbursement dialysis companies receive for kidney disease patients who get insurance premium assistance from third-party organizations.
• Private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo has made an offer to acquire UK-based cybersecurity firm Sophos for $3.9 billion.
• MedAdvisor has raised $11.5 million (17 million Australian dollars) through placement investment headed by Texas-based HMS Holdings.
• Kaiser Permanente and a union representing 57,000 of its employees ratified a new four-year contract that will create a $130 million workforce development program and boost pay.
• Health systems are debuting Genius Bar-style technology support stations in their lobbies to talk tech with patients.
• IBM has launched a new supply chain suite that uses Watson Artificial Intelligence and blockchain to help companies make their supply chains smarter and more efficient.
• Ancestry is expanding its DNA test offerings beyond genealogy to provide health screening, further fueling the Lehi, Utah-based company's rivalry with 23andMe.
• A critical vulnerability patched recently by Sophos in its Cyberoam firewall appliances allows a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary commands with root privileges.
• A website created by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health to track hepatitis infections was compromised, exposing individual's health records.
• A look back at WannaCry’s impact on the NHS finds that the 2017 ransomware attack resulted in a $7.6 million loss due to a decrease in admissions and appointments. Over 600 NHS facilities were affected.
• The CDC has penned a new name for vaping-related illness: EVALI, which stands for e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury, according to new healthcare recommendations the agency released last week.
• A vaccine undergoing testing at the Mayo Clinic has reportedly removed cancer cells in a breast cancer patient.
• Researchers find that opioid dosages decreased 22% per new prescription after the University of Pennsylvania Health System implemented EHR alerts in New Jersey practices notifying prescribers if prescriptions exceeded the legal five-day limit.
• A frustrating digital experience will push younger healthcare consumers to seek new providers and leaving withering reviews of bad experiences, according to a new survey of more than 1,600 U.S. consumers.
• A new KLAS report looks at strategic mergers and acquisitions in healthcare IT, observing that about 40% of customers are happier afterward, 40% are less happy, and 20% see no impact.
• VCU Health (VA) announces it will no longer sue patients for unpaid bills after seeing the uproar caused by revelations that UVA Health filed 36,000 lawsuits over six years in an effort to collect $106 million.