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• The CMS finalized a rule this week requiring all hospitals to have antibiotic stewardship programs, which experts say is a big step forward in the fight against superbugs.
• The Senate has approved a measure to delay $4 billion in cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments that would have begun October 1st, according to America's Essential Hospitals, an association representing U.S. safety-net hospitals.
• The Department of Justice charges 35 defendants, including nine doctors, for fraudulently billing Medicare $2 billion by running phony telemedicine companies whose doctors ordered unnecessary cancer genetic screening tests that were processed by private labs that were in on the scheme.
• The FDA releases new draft guidance documents that cover the safe and effective use of digital health technologies, using a risk-based framework under its Digital Health Innovation Action Plan that addresses provisions of the 21st Century Cures Act.
• Employers are projecting that the total cost of health benefits will increase about 5% in 2020, and that's consistent with the projections for this year.
• Private equity firm Francisco Partners will acquire laboratory information systems vendor Orchard Software. Orchard serves more than 1,500 laboratories across the country.
• At-home testing company BodyHealth IQ adds online wellness consults to its list of services, giving consumers the ability to talk with a physician about their results.
• Wolters Kluwer Health adds clinical natural language processing capabilities to its Health Language data extraction and integration software.
• MEDITECH is collaborating with Google Cloud to offer EHRs through the Google Cloud Platform, which will provide additional options to pair with the MEDITECH as a Service (MaaS) subscription model.
• Malicious actors may be able to easily access unprotected Cisco WebEx and Zoom meetings due to an API enumeration vulnerability, Cequence Security’s CQ Prime threat research team revealed Tuesday.
• A new variant of a recently disclosed SIM card attack method could expose millions of mobile phones to remote hacking, researchers have warned.
• A ransomware attack forces several hospitals in the Australian state of Victoria to take their computer systems offline.
• The FDA proactively issues an alert about Urgent/11, a cybersecurity vulnerability found in IPnet third-party software that attackers may exploit to hack into medical devices and hospital networks.
• DARPA researchers are working on the FastNICs program to “reinvent the network stack” and improve network interface throughput by a factor of 100.
• A new analysis suggests that dew harvesting, an affordable passive technology, could be practical for providing drinking water in places where it has never been possible before.
• Northern Light Health administrators say they will work harder to get physicians on board with the Maine-based health system’s rebrand, which kicked off last year.
• In Canada, the document scanning service of a closed medical practice refuses to give an elderly couple copies of their medical records unless they pay $309, but relenting after negative press coverage.
• The University of Southern California will begin offering a health innovation minor in the spring 2020 semester, campus newspaper the Daily Trojan reports.
• In England, hospital volunteers help patients who have motor neuron disease “bank” their voices so that if they lose the ability to speak, they can communicate through a synthetic computer voice that sounds like their own.