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Blog: Health insurer M&A chatter heats up, but is it overhyped?

By Bob Herman  |  May 22, 2015

The health insurance industry has been abuzz the past few weeks with speculation that a big merger is near. Aetna, Anthem, Cigna Corp. and Humana have all been at its epicenter. But do the rumblings really predict a seismic deal?

Cancer docs back bundled pay

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 22, 2015

A payment reform strategy offering consolidated billing codes and bundled payments aims to “fundamentally restructure” the way cancer care is paid for in the U.S. New details about the Patient-Centered Oncology Payment model were released by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Correlation found between vision loss and poverty

By Andis Robeznieks  |  May 22, 2015

Researchers have found a correlation between poverty and severe vision loss. They also identified the South as having the most poor people with bad vision. Experts say it's not a lack of optometrists causing the problem.

Appeals court orders Actavis to continue selling Alzheimer's drug

By Lisa Schencker  |  May 22, 2015

A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Actavis must continue to sell an Alzheimer's drug it wanted to pull off the market to limit competition from generics. It's a case with potential implications for pharmaceutical companies and patients nationwide, experts say.

Ascension to pay workers at least $11 an hour

Ascension to pay workers at least $11 an hour

By Melanie Evans  |  May 22, 2015

One of the nation's largest health systems, Ascension Health, will set a system-wide minimum wage of $11 an hour. The healthcare industry employed 2.8 million workers last year who earned the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour or less.

Providers need to prepare for switch to chip cards

Providers need to prepare for switch to chip cards

By Joseph Conn  |  May 22, 2015

A national conversion from magnetic strip-based credit and debit cards to cards embedded with security enhancing computer chips is already underway and could prove a boon to providers, after some upfront costs and hassles.

Crosson named MedPAC chairman

Crosson named MedPAC chairman

By Adam Rubenfire  |  May 22, 2015

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has appointed former Kaiser Permanente executive Dr. Francis “Jay” Crosson to replace Glenn Hackbarth as chairman.

Holiday note, weekend news reminder

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 22, 2015

Modern Healthcare A.M. will not be published Monday, May 25, because of the Memorial Day holiday. Modern Healthcare A.M. will resume publication on Tuesday, May 26.

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