Modern Healthcare Breaking News Latest Breaking News from Modern Healthcare en-us Modern Healthcare 144 21 Medicare Part B premiums, deductibles to remain flat in 2018 Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:16:00 EST The CMS said premiums and deductibles for Medicare Part B beneficiaries will remain flat in 2018, but Medicare Part A premiums and deductibles will rise. Health giant Sutter destroys evidence in crucial antitrust case over high prices Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:00:00 EST "'Fingers crossed' that I haven't authorized something the FTC will hunt me down for," a staffer wrote after destroying the documents. Sutter, a huge Northern California Health system with 24 hospitals, said it destroyed them by mistake. LHC Group, Almost Family merger highlights growth of post-acute market Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:00:00 EST The LHC Group and Almost Family merger highlights the growing importance providers are putting on post-acute care in a value-driven payment model. Advisory Board finalizes deal with UnitedHealth's Optum Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:00:00 EST The Advisory Board Co.'s shareholders and executives finalized a $2.58 billion deal with UnitedHealth Group's Optum and a private equity firm, splitting the consulting group's healthcare business from its education arm. eClinicalWorks sued over patient record inaccuracies Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:00:00 EST The EHR vendor has been hit with a putative class-action suit alleging that misrepresentations of its software's capabilities led to inaccuracies in patient records. eClinicalWorks has settled litigation over the misrepresentations. CMS targets opioid abuse, regulatory burden in Medicare Advantage plans Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:00:00 EST The CMS' proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage program and Medicare prescription drug plans aim to reduce opioid abuse among seniors and dual-eligibles and lessen regulatory burdens for Advantage plans. FDA to crack down on risky stem cell offerings Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:00 EST U.S. health authorities will crack down on doctors pushing stem cell procedures that pose the gravest risks to patients amid an effort to police a burgeoning medical field that previously has received little oversight. VA exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:00:00 EST As part of its effort to expand private healthcare, the VA is exploring merging its health system with the Pentagon's, a cost-saving measure that veterans groups say could threaten the viability of VA hospitals and clinics. HHS names three members to Health Information Technology Advisory Committee Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:00 EST The HHS appointees include one of the founders of the HL7 standards organization and a former president of the American Medical Association. Summa Health's financial losses slow Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:36:11 EST The past three months, particularly October, have been profitable for Summa Health. This is relatively encouraging for the health system, which lost more than $33 million in operating income in the first half of the year.