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Aetna to buy Humana in $37B deal

Aetna to buy Humana in $37B deal

Aetna will spend $37 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the industry adjusts to the federal healthcare overhaul.

Editorial: Save AHRQ; spend more on delivery system R&D

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 04, 2015
Editorial: Save AHRQ; spend more on delivery system R&D

For decades, the nation has poured hundreds of billions of dollars into basic and applied science to devise cures for diseases. But investing in research and development for new and better ways of delivering care in hospitals and physician offices remains a stepchild in Washington.


Research

Real estate investment trusts, 2015

Real estate investment trusts, 2015

The 16 largest healthcare real estate investment trusts, ranked by market capitalization as of May 31, 2015. Source: National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Published July 6, 2015, p. 34.


Technology

Building protocols into EHRs can help cut wasteful care

 Building protocols into EHRs can help cut wasteful care

MRIs, CT scans and X-rays for low back pain patients dropped by half last year at the UPMC health system in Pittsburgh after doctors started seeing reminders in the electronic health record that such tests can be unnecessary, a move inspired in part by the Choosing Wisely campaign.

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