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Aetna, Humana antitrust trial set to begin

By Maria Castellucci  |  December 03, 2016

Aetna and Humana, two of the largest Medicare Advantage players, will fight accusations that if they merged, seniors and people with disabilities in more than 300 markets would be negatively affected.

Healthcare leads November job creation but are cloudy times ahead?

Healthcare leads November job creation but are cloudy times ahead?

By Dave Barkholz  |  December 02, 2016

The healthcare industry again was the leading job-producing sector of the economy in November, driving overall private-sector employment to a solid 178,000 gain. But the promised repeal of Obamacare and a looming interest-rate hike is giving employers in the industry pause.

Christus enters merger talks with Good Shepherd

By Dave Barkholz  |  December 01, 2016

The companies expect to complete due diligence by early 2017 and initiate state and regulatory reviews while moving toward a definitive agreement. Christus has been building its presence in northeast Texas.

AmSurg/Envision tie-up joins S&P 500

AmSurg/Envision tie-up joins S&P 500

By Dave Barkholz  |  November 30, 2016

With a market capitalization of about $10 billion, the newly minted Envision Healthcare Corp. on Thursday will replace Legg Mason on the index as part of the healthcare category.

Vital Signs: Hospital mergers need to prove value and care coordination

By Dave Barkholz  |  November 29, 2016

Increasing cost transparency coupled with new value-based incentives to better coordinate care will pressure merger partners to return some of the benefits from economies of scale and shared purchasing to patients, said a new report by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

CHI takes $483 million operating loss into Dignity merger talks

CHI takes $483 million operating loss into Dignity merger talks

By Dave Barkholz  |  November 28, 2016

Catholic Health Initiatives is bringing an operating loss of $483 million from its 2016 fiscal year to its merger talks with Dignity Health. CHI attributed the losses to lower patient volumes, higher labor costs and its struggling health plan.

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