The 2018 enrolment period for individual insurance is open and this year’s major challenge is the current administration’s stance on promoting enrolment, which may be described as passive at best. For those in doubt, the ACA is still the law of the land and health insurance can be bought on exchanges in every county in the country. Here’s a patient’s guide to open enrolment.

The new tax reform proposal presented last week by the GOP had some surprises for the healthcare sector as well. Scrapping deductions for medical expenses and tax breaks for R&D effort on orphan drugs are a couple. In a surprise move, the CMS mandated that physicians will have to attest that they do not engage in information blocking and are releasing medical records to patients in a timely manner. If you missed my blog that addresses the swirling claims around patient record ownership, here it is.

Big EHR vendors continue to be in the news – on the heels of a lawsuit against Cerner that claimed revenue losses due to under billing by faulty software comes a new one against Epic which claims overbilling and false claims to the tune of hundreds of millions. Elsewhere, healthcare unicorn Outcome Health saw one more senior level exit, raising questions on whether the wheels are coming off on that business.

The struggling Indian-heritage global IT sector has been trying to acquire its way to a new growth curve. This interesting analysis by CB Insights lays out who is spending and on what. Wipro and HCL have been the most aggressive, while industry leader TCS brings up the rear in the leaderboard. Not surprisingly, firms in automation/AI, IoT, Cloud are the major targets. We will be covering this as part of our quarterly analysis which will be out later this month.

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