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Aetna acquires Humana for $37B

Aetna will acquire Humana in a $37 billion deal, the companies announced Friday morning, becoming the first mega-insurers to pull the trigger amid months of merger rumors.  

The ACA's impact on insurer consolidation

With the uncertainty of  King v. Burwell  in the health insurance industry's rear-view mirror, the time might be right to strike acquisition deals. Economists, however, aren't sure whether payers will gain efficiencies.

HHS launches Ebola training program

The Department of Health and Human Services has launched a National Ebola Training and Education Center to ensure American providers can safely identify, treat and transport any future patients infected with the deadly virus.

CMS proposes to ease--but not abolish--two-midnight rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week proposed an amendment to the broadly unpopular "two-midnight rule" for patients' inpatient and outpatient status, according to the Associated Press.

4 keys to Covered California's exchange success

Since the first ACA open enrollment period, Covered California has enrolled 1.3 million residents, and 77 percent of individual enrollees pay less than $150 on monthly premiums. Yesterday, the state exchange's executive Director, Peter Lee, outlined four keys to its success. 

CFOs may have more leverage over organized labor

With unions weakened and management emboldened by shifts in worker demographics in recent decades, organized labor is recalculating how to obtain more leverage in negotiations moving forward, the  Wall Street Journal  has reported.

Feds, Michigan file antitrust suit against four hospital systems

The United States Department of Justice and the Michigan Attorney General have filed an antitrust lawsuit against four hospital systems in the Great Lakes State, claiming they entered into agreements to curb their marketing to allocated territories.

Drug, medical device companies paid teaching hospitals, docs nearly $6.5B last year

The pharmaceutical and medical device industry contributed a shade under $6.5 billion to the nation's teaching hospitals and physicians last year, the Wall Street Journal has reported. That sum includes consulting services, research and promotional speeches about drugs. The money also included non-clinical payments, such as the value of free food provided to doctors by drug and medical device sales representatives.

National Nurses United: Supreme Court case on public unions threatens patient safety

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court this week to review a case that could limit the power of public unions to collect fees from nonmembers, could also destroy their bargaining power, and in effect, endanger patient safety, the largest U.S. organization of nurses warned Tuesday.

New Virginia law requires hospitals to inform patients of observation status

A new Virginia law that takes effect today will require hospitals to inform patients of their admission status verbally and in writing.