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Dignity Health, Catholic Health Initiatives announce plans to merge

December 8, 2017

If Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives merger agreement is approved, the combined companies would create the largest nonprofit hospital company in the United States in terms of operating revenue.

Community health centers grapple with federal funding losses

December 7, 2017

Community health centers are feeling the effects of Congress' failure to reauthorize funding for the Community Health Centers Fund, and a new policy brief estimates that the funding loss could lead to more than 76,000 fewer jobs in 2018 if lawmakers do not address the issue.

The much-debated new plan for distributing human livers, explained

December 6, 2017

Yolanda Becker, president of the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network/United Network for Organ Sharing Board of Directors, says, "The revised policy reduces the effect of geography on transplant access and puts more appropriate emphasis on medical criteria that save and lengthen lives."

Sens. unveil bill to reform how VA provides health care

December 6, 2017

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) says the bill "would deliver long overdue, critical reforms to the VA, including commonsense reporting standards that ensure cost-efficient care to our nation's veterans."

Are overlapping surgeries safe? New study contradicts previous research that says 'yes.'

December 6, 2017

A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that overlapping surgeries can increase the risk of complications for patients undergoing hip surgeries, but those findings conflict with a separate study published last month in JAMA Surgery.

FDA looks to bring new nicotine replacement therapies to the US market

December 6, 2017

FDA officials plan to launch a new steering committee to overhaul the agency's approach to nicotine replacement therapy products in an effort to encourage the development of new products to help tobacco users quit.

Despite federal parity rules, mental, medical health coverage disparities persist, report finds

December 5, 2017

Researchers say disparities exist between out-of-network utilization and reimbursement rates for behavioral health care and medical or surgical health care.

CVS + Aetna: How the $69B merger could shake up the health care industry

December 4, 2017

Observers say the proposed deal aims to combine Aetna's medical expertise with CVS Health's pharmacy locations to create sites for convenient, local care—and stem rising health care costs.

Analysis finds 73% of exchange plans have narrow networks

December 4, 2017

An Avalere analysis finds 73% of exchange plans for the 2018 coverage year have narrow networks, while the average deductible for silver-level plans reached an average of $3,937.

'Street medicine' brings primary care to homeless people

December 4, 2017

Street medicine programs—under which health care providers meet homeless and other disadvantaged individuals where they are to provide primary care and social services—are growing throughout the United States, and some are generating unexpected cost savings.

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