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Challengers avoid legal standing issue in King subsidies case

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 21, 2015

A new brief filed by those asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the Obamacare premium subsidies focuses on what they fear are the government's strongest arguments for upholding the subsidies, experts say.

Feds probe Humana's Medicare Advantage practices

Feds probe Humana's Medicare Advantage practices

By Bob Herman  |  February 21, 2015

The Department of Justice has asked health insurer Humana for more information about its Medicare Advantage risk-adjustment practices, based on a whistle-blower lawsuit from several years ago, Humana said last week in a regulatory filing.

Concierge firms rattled by med mal award

Concierge firms rattled by med mal award

By Andis Robeznieks  |  February 21, 2015

An $8.5 million medical malpractice award against MDVIP, a leading concierge medical practice company, may open the door to more lawsuits seeking to hold concierge firms liable for errors committed by their affiliated physicians.

FTC, other plaintiffs want St. Luke's divestiture to move forward

FTC, other plaintiffs want St. Luke's divestiture to move forward

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 20, 2015

A federal appeals court that ruled against St. Luke's Health System's acquisition of a physician group should waste no time in lifting its stay on a lower court's earlier order for St. Luke's to divest the group, plaintiffs in the case argued this week.

Kaiser, Prime drop legal battles over unfair competition

Kaiser, Prime drop legal battles over unfair competition

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 14, 2015

Prime Healthcare Services and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan have taken a step back from their ongoing legal feuds and agreed to dismiss lawsuits against each other and go to binding arbitration.

Appellate ruling on Idaho merger worries hospitals

Appellate ruling on Idaho merger worries hospitals

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 14, 2015

Health systems acquiring medical groups cannot simply argue that their deals will improve patient care, following an appeals court decision last week in the closely watched St. Luke's Health System antitrust case.

Whistle-blower lawsuit filed against Cardinal Health unit

By Lisa Schencker  |  February 07, 2015

A division of Ohio-based Cardinal Health has been named in a whistle-blower lawsuit for alleged violations of federal healthcare fraud and abuse laws, according to a company Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

Canada court rules doctors can help ill patients die

By Associated Press  |  February 06, 2015

Canada's highest court struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for mentally competent patients with terminal illnesses Friday, declaring that outlawing that option deprives dying people of their dignity and autonomy.

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