Healthcare spending increased 5.8% and national healthcare expenditures were nearly 18% of GDP in 2015, according to a CMS report.
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.
The latest results of Medicare's Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program were dismal but unsurprising, and some policy experts are beginning to wonder if the program should be shelved.
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.
As is now customary, the healthcare industry was the leading job producer in November, driving overall private-sector employment to a solid 178,000 gain.
Premier is buying out two group purchasing organizations owned by the Greater New York Hospital Association that serve non-acute providers.
Healthcare spending in 2015 increased at a rate of 5.8% as more people obtained health insurance and prescription drug costs continued to rise, according to a CMS report released last week.