The HHS Office of Inspector General reported the federal government recovered more than $3.3 billion in fraudulent healthcare claims in fiscal year 2016, according to Healthcare DIVE.
National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, will hold onto his position for now, according to The Washington Post.

3. 5 key quotes from President Trump's inauguration speech

Written by Laura Dyrda | Friday, 20 January 2017 17:17
President Donald Trump took the oath of office earlier today and made several promises in his three minute speech, but did not touch on healthcare, according to a transcript published in The Washington Post.
Here are 20 statistics on physician bias by the physician's age, according to the Medscape Orthopedist Lifestyle Report 2017: Race and Ethnicity, Bias and Burnout.
U.S News & World Report ranked the best 55 hospitals for pediatric orthopedics.

6. Taking telemedicine to the next level in healthcare

Written by Megan Wood | Thursday, 19 January 2017 22:42
Telemedicine is charging ahead in the healthcare industry. The AMA Wire reported on telehealth discussions from the 2017 AMA State Legislative Strategy Conference in Amelia Island, Fla., held Jan. 5 through Jan. 7, 2017.
Kareo released a new report on how independent physicians respond to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act's Quality Payment Program.
According to a Kaiser Family Foundation Health Tracking Poll conducted Dec. 13 to 19, 2016, Americans are split on whether they have confidence in President-elect Donald Trump's ability to deliver better healthcare at a lower cost.
Ortho Montana, St. Vincent Healthcare and Yellowstone Surgery Center, all based in Billings, Mont., opened a new location in the city, according to KTVQ.com.
Are oncologists' Twitter accounts driven by drug companies? TIME reports on a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, which tackles the question.
DeKalb, Ill.-based Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Joint Center has been awarded The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement, according to Kendall County Now.
A study in Health Affairs investigated what factors drive spending on postacute care.

13. EmergeOrtho plans more mergers in 2017

Written by Laura Dyrda | Wednesday, 18 January 2017 11:20
OrthoWilmington in Wilmington, N.C., joined with three independent orthopedic physician groups in North Carolina last year to create EmergeOrtho, and the practice is now poised to become a major provider in the region, according to a Wilmington Biz report.
Virginia-based Martinsville Memorial Hospital has opened a new orthopedic and sports medicine clinic, according to Martinsville Bulletin.

15. Startup Forward focuses on transforming primary care

Written by Megan Wood | Tuesday, 17 January 2017 20:43
Entrepreneur Adrian Aoun recently opened Forward, a primary care startup in San Francisco, as reported by Forbes.
The Orthopedic and Spine Center at Sparks Regional Medical Center surgeons will soon perform the center's 400th joint replacement, according to the Times Record. The center is located in Fort Smith, Ark.
Healthgrades launched a new consumer website with enhanced functionality and search expertise.

18. Bonati Spine Institute opens Las Vegas location

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 17 January 2017 11:20
Last week, Tampa-based Bonati Spine Institute opened a location in Las Vegas, according to a Las Vegas Review-Journal report.
The CORE Institute partnered with Banner Health to expand their joint venture and add the Orthopedic High Value Network for Banner Health Network patients.
The President-elect and Republican Congress are intent on repealing the ACA, but it remains unclear how they'll replace the legislation. However, The American Action Network has spent more than $1 million on television ads to promote the Republican House of Representatives' healthcare plans, according to the Washington Post.
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