The titans of the health insurance industry are locked in a dance of buying and selling. Hospitals, physicians, employers and consumers could experience financial repercussions if any big deals are concluded.
Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s partnership last week with not-for-profit Baylor Scott & White Health is the latest example of the chain's departure from the traditional mergers-and-acquisitions playbook in favor of forming regional networks and positioning itself for broader payment reform.
The Cleveland Clinic has agreed to a cardiovascular-care alliance with Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare. Clinical policies, treatment protocols and research opportunities will be shared between the clinic and the Piedmont Heart Institute.
Despite numerous EHR obstacles, providers, insurers and mobile app developers continue to seek innovative ways to electronically share patients' end-of-life wishes across systems and platforms.