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Changes loom as most-popular Medigap plans face extinction

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

A provision within the new Medicare physician payment law eliminates the most popular types of Medigap plans and therefore will lead to future Medigap enrollees paying more out of pocket for their medical care.

EHR safety goes to court

EHR safety goes to court

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 25, 2016

A recently filed lawsuit alleging that a faulty electronic health record system caused patient harm may be among the first in a wave of such cases, even though most experts say the latest EHR systems are better designed than older models.

California OKs Aetna deal, but will Anthem merger be nixed?

California OKs Aetna deal, but will Anthem merger be nixed?

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

Aetna's acquisition of Humana is creeping toward the finish line, getting an approval early last week from one of California's health insurance regulating bodies. The insurer's approval process stands in stark contrast to Anthem's purchase of Cigna Corp.

California hospital commits to sustainable seafood

California hospital commits to sustainable seafood

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 25, 2016

In June, Community Hospital of the Monterey (Calif.) Peninsula became the first hospital to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program, committing to only serve seafood that's been caught in a sustainable way.

1,300 Kaiser nurses begin four-day strike

By Maria Castellucci  |  June 23, 2016

Registered nurses at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center began their four-day strike Thursday. The 1,300 unionized nurses claim the hospital inadequately staffs units, leading to unsafe conditions for patients.

California blasts Anthem-Cigna merger, calls on feds to block it

By Bob Herman  |  June 18, 2016

California's top insurance regulator has urged the U.S. Justice Department to kill the pending $53 billion transaction between health insurance titans Anthem and Cigna Corp. over concerns of higher prices and lower quality plans.

Data Points for June 20, 2016

Data Points for June 20, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 18, 2016

Data Points for the week of June 20, 2016, covered mass shootings, assault weapon bans, mass murders committed with AR-15 semi-automatic rifles, and deaths in mass shootings.

California blasts Anthem-Cigna merger, calls on feds to block it

California blasts Anthem-Cigna merger, calls on feds to block it

By Bob Herman  |  June 16, 2016

California's top insurance regulator has urged the U.S. Justice Department to kill the pending $53 billion transaction between health insurance titans Anthem and Cigna Corp. over concerns of higher prices and lower quality plans.

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