AmSurg, Envision Healthcare to merge

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 15, 2016

AmSurg and Envision Healthcare announced Wednesday that they have agreed to combine forces, creating one of the largest physician staffing companies in the country.

FTC appeals Chicago-area merger loss

FTC appeals Chicago-area merger loss

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 15, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission will appeal a judge's decision to allow a merger between two Chicago-area health systems, the FTC said in court filings Wednesday.

Florida Blues collected $471 million profit on ACA plans in 2015

By Bob Herman  |  June 15, 2016

The Affordable Care Act's exchanges have not been a bust for every health insurer. Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliate made a profit of almost a half-billion dollars on the ACA's new individual plans last year.

Big data offers way around merger mania

By Dave Barkholz  |  June 14, 2016

Mega-mergers by commercial insurers are prompting mergers by hospitals and creating an arms race that is not improving the cost of care for consumers.The real secret weapon is big data, which is still years away from being properly harnessed and shared among providers so they can manage the health...

FTC loss in Chicago could spur more hospital deals

FTC loss in Chicago could spur more hospital deals

By Lisa Schencker  |  June 14, 2016

A judge delivered the Federal Trade Commission a major setback Tuesday in one of its biggest hospital cases in years, and experts say the decision could embolden even more hospitals to consolidate.

Carl Icahn, Mount Sinai chief try to assuage fears over Mount Sinai downsizing

By Jonathan LaMantia, Crain's New York Business  |  June 13, 2016

Dr. Kenneth Davis, Mount Sinai president and chief executive, and a number of the health system's wealthy benefactors, including billionaire Carl Icahn, are addressing issues ranging from the plans to downsize ("We remain open for business") to single-payer ("It's very unlikely").

Fast-rising drug prices hit hospitals hard in bottom lines

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business  |  June 13, 2016

When drug costs rose $20 million in one year for Beaumont Health in suburban Detroit, CEO John Fox asked executives like Kathy Pawlicki, vice president for pharmacy, why and what could be done about it.

Drug companies fight generics with coupons

Drug companies fight generics with coupons

By Howard Wolinsky  |  June 11, 2016

Drugmakers are making increased use of consumer coupons, which are designed to thwart the high copays used by pharmacy benefit managers and insurers to channel consumers to less-costly generic drugs.

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