Mergers & Acquisitions Minnesota AG asks Sanford, Fairview to delay merger Sanford Health and Fairview Health Services announced a $14 billion merger deal in November that they aim to close by March 31, pending regulatory approval. Nursing Feds charge dozens in alleged nursing credential fraud scheme More than 7,000 people allegedly bought fake credentials allowing them to sit for board exams and become nurses if they passed, the Justice Department alleges. Labor MyMichigan nurses vote to strike, joining other healthcare workers across the state The nurses, represented by the Michigan Nurses Association, are seeking a competitive contract in hopes of drawing more nurses to the Alma hospital. Providers Transgender patients in rural states struggle to find doctors Transgender people living in rural Mississippi, Colorado and Wyoming say they struggle to find professionals who can provide care or are willing to learn it. People PacificSource Health Plans names president and CEO Dr. John Espinola will take over as president and CEO of PacificSource Health Plans April 3, following Ken Provencher's retirement after nearly three decades. Government Record 16.3M people enroll in ACA plans More than 3 million new members joined the marketplace, also known as “Obamacare,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services. People Kaiser Permanente SoCal, Hawaii president to retire The president of the Kaiser Permanente's southern California and Hawaii operation will end her 45-year career with the company in July. Technology Changing employer market leaves digital health companies rethinking strategy Teladoc Health, Apree Health and other digital health vendors are struggling to sell to employers given the cost of premiums and softening labor market. Post-Acute Care Staffing troubles force some rural nursing homes to close The problem could deepen as pandemic-era government assistance dries up and care facilities struggle to compete with rising wages, experts predict. Finance Hospital price transparency: fines or full compliance? As of September, 65% of hospitals had posted their negotiated rates with commercial insurers, but some claim full compliance with CMS isn’t worth it. Insurance More MA insurer audits mean more scrutiny on providers The Risk Adjustment Data Validation rule, which CMS is expected to finalize Feb. 1, would have significant financial implications for insurers and their provider partners. Labor Nurses at 2 NY hospitals ratify contracts The contracts each include 19% increases over three years and measures to enforce staff-to-patient ratios. Sponsored Content Events & Programs Register Now! Join this complimentary virtual event February 16. Get insights and solutions to advance your hospital’s technologies and care models. Prepare for the trends shaping the future of healthcare. Register Now! Register today for the Digital Health Transformation Summit, May 22-24 in Chicago! Prepare for healthcare's digitally enabled future while you learn and connect with executives on the front lines of innovation. Register Now! Register for the 2023 program for the opportunity to earn this honor for your organization. Get recognized as an outstanding employer to boost team morale and enhance recruitment and retention of top talent! Nominate Today! Nominate an outstanding clinician leader for the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives of 2023, and help us recognize individuals spearheading better patient care, community health and clinician well-being.