The movement to protect consumers from surprise medical bills won a major victory last week when Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bipartisan bill that will exempt patients from having to pay balance bills from out-of-network providers in certain situations.
St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington, W.Va., and Charleston (W.Va.) Area Medical Center have agreed to settle an antitrust lawsuit accusing them of illegally coordinating marketing campaigns for various services in the areas where they compete.
The Federal Trade Commission will hold off on its challenge of a West Virginia hospital merger while it examines a new state law that aims to protect the deal from federal antitrust scrutiny.
The Federal Trade Commission must soon decide whether to continue challenging a merger between two West Virginia hospitals or drop the fight following the passage of a state law meant to shield such mergers from federal antitrust action.
Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta plans to use a $75 million gift to build a specialty heart center that it hopes would be on par with the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said she plans to sign a state bill banning most abortions past 19 weeks.
Virginia state lawmakers have thwarted an effort to loosen government oversight of new or expanded healthcare facilities in the state. Virginia is one of 36 states that maintain a certificate-of-need program.
Supporters of Arkansas' pioneering Medicaid expansion program were relieved by the outcome of last week's election on Super Tuesday, with most Republican state legislative primary contests resulting in victories for pro-expansion candidates.
The embattled Broward Health system has received more bad news. Moody's Investors Service last month downgraded its bond rating, citing changing leadership, heightened scrutiny on the system and losses from a recent legal settlement.
WellCare Health Plans has acquired Advicare Corp., a Medicaid managed-care company based in South Carolina, marking WellCare's first acquisition in almost two years.
The Medicare-heavy state of Florida has given its blessing to Aetna's $37 billion acquisition of Humana on the condition that Aetna expands its health plan offerings in the state's insurance exchanges.
The board of the embattled Broward Health public hospital system in South Florida plans to hold a private meeting to discuss issues surrounding an FBI investigation into the system, despite the objections of the board’s chairman.
UNC HealthCare, based in Chapel Hill, N.C., is expanding its telemedicine program through a partnership with Mercy Virtual, the virtual care arm of the Chesterfield, Mo.-based Mercy system.
Broward Health reportedly is under two investigations—one federal, another state—that have come to light after the recent suicide of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based system's CEO.
Baptist Health and LifePoint Health are among 10 Kentucky health systems forming a collaborative they say will combat the state's poor health outcomes by sharing best practices and reducing the costs of care.
Tallahassee (Fla.) Memorial Healthcare has partnered with Baptist Health's Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla.
Christus Health will acquire Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, a three-hospital system based in Tyler, Texas.
Tenet Healthcare Corp. and Baylor Scott & White have closed on a deal to co-own five hospitals in northern Texas.
A federal judge last week rejected the Texas Medical Board's request to jettison a lawsuit filed against it by Teladoc over the board's new restrictions on the practice of telemedicine in the state.
Investment fund Apollo Global Management has completed its purchase of RegionalCare Hospital Partners, an eight-hospital system based in Brentwood, Tenn. Terms were not disclosed.