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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.

$237 million Tuomey judgment upheld by federal appeals court

By Lisa Schencker  |  July 02, 2015

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a $237 million False Claims Act verdict against Tuomey Healthcare System in Sumter, S.C. The sum is believed to be the largest ever levied against a community hospital and exceeds the hospital's annual revenue.

Centene Corp. scoops up Health Net for $6.8 billion

By Melanie Evans  |  July 02, 2015

Centene Corp. announced Thursday it would buy Health Net in a $6.8 billion deal. It's the latest consolidation in a frenzy that has giant Anthem proposing $54 billion for Cigna Corp. and national insurers Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealth Group reportedly considering deals among their ranks.


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.


Providers

Healthcare employers added fewer jobs in June

Ambulatory services added 22,600 jobs in June didn't create as many jobs as it did the past two months, according to the latest federal data. The industry as a whole added about 16% fewer jobs last month than in April and May, but healthcare job growth this year is still outpacing 2014.

Insurance

More healthy, young people enrolling in exchange plans

More healthy, young people enrolling in exchange plans

Drug spending among new health exchange plan enrollees dropped during the first quarter of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014, according to a new report that seems to reject concerns that healthcare reform would drive up costs because of mandatory coverage of older, sicker Americans.

Finance

Allscripts buys 10% stake in NantHealth

Allscripts buys 10% stake in NantHealth

Allscripts, a major EHR vendor, is furthering its relationship with Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong's NantHealth precision medicine startup, which plans to go public by year-end. The two companies hope to collaborate on a precision medicine platform for cancer care.

People

Podcast: How Paul Kusserow plans to turn around Amedisys

Podcast: How Paul Kusserow plans to turn around Amedisys

Paul Kusserow, president and CEO of Amedisys, a Baton Rouge, La.-based home-care and hospice company, discusses a recent management shake-up, the firm's expansion strategy and its moves toward risk contracting. He spoke with Modern Healthcare reporter Steven Ross Johnson.

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