Philips acquires Florida-based ED consulting firm

By Adam Rubenfire  |  October 06, 2015

The Dutch technology giant and medical equipment manufacturer Royal Philips will buy Orlando, Fla.-based Blue Jay Consulting. Philips won't disclose the financial details of the transaction, which is due to close in the fourth quarter, pending customary closing conditions.

Montefiore to acquire struggling Hudson Valley hospital

By Melanie Evans  |  October 06, 2015

Montefiore Health System announced Tuesday that it will acquire St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, a struggling hospital in New York's Hudson Valley. The deal would add St. Luke's to Montefiore's growing 10-hospital health system.

Illinois stops paying local health clinics for STD testing

By Associated Press  |  October 06, 2015

Illinois has notified more than 100 jails, health departments and family planning programs that the state will no longer provide free testing for HIV, syphilis and other sexually transmitted diseases at state labs, a move that shifts the cost to local jurisdictions.

Connecticut agency to play key role in Anthem-Cigna merger

By Associated Press  |  October 06, 2015

Connecticut's Department of Insurance is playing a major role in a deal that could create the nation's largest health insurer, leading a 26-state review of Anthem's proposed merger with Bloomfield, Conn.-based Cigna.

N.Y., federal authorities agree to joint insurer oversight

By Associated Press  |  October 06, 2015

New York's attorney general and the federal Employee Benefits Security Administration have agreed to share information and address violations of laws covering health insurance offered as worker benefits.

Trade deal disappoints drugmakers, consumer groups

By Lisa Schencker  |  October 05, 2015

A trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other countries has left both the drug industry and consumer groups disappointed over the length of exclusivity protections for certain drugs.

California governor signs hard-won right-to-die legislation

By Associated Press  |  October 05, 2015

California will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year.

Health plan tiers raise drug costs for hepatitis patients

By Bob Herman  |  October 05, 2015

A new report says that health insurance companies discriminate against people with hepatitis B and C by charging high out-of-pocket costs for drugs, but the industry lobby has called the analysis “very one-sided” and limited in scope.

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