BREAKING NEWS: Aetna Agrees to Acquire Humana for $37 Billion in Cash and Stock

July 3, 2015
On July 3, the Hartford-based Aetna said it had agreed to acquire the Louisville-based Humana for $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest acquisition in U.S. health insurance industry

Teladoc Impresses in Wall St. Debut

July 2, 2015
Teladoc, the Dallas-based consumer telehealth company, had an impressive debut on Wall Street with shares trading up 50 percent its initial public offering (IPO).

Texas Gov. Signs Bill for Expanded Health Data Interoperability

July 1, 2015
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a bill into law to promote improved and expanded health data interoperability for Texas public health.

Allscripts Purchases Stake in NantHealth

July 1, 2015
Allscripts, the Chicago-based electronic health record (EHR) vendor, announced it is purchasing a 10 percent equity stake in NantHealth, a Culver City, Calif.-based provider of clinical decision technology.

HHS Launches Online Tool for Disaster Readiness

July 1, 2015
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched an online interactive tool to aid community health agencies and emergency management officials in disaster preparedness.

CMS Makes Changes to ACO Investment Model to Help Rural Providers

June 30, 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced two modifications to the design of the accountable care organization (ACO) Investment Model, with the aim to help rural areas and small group practices gain more access to ACO benefits.

Cybersecurity is an Increased Business Priority for Healthcare Leaders, Survey Finds

June 30, 2015
Provider leaders, on average, use 11 different technologies to shield their organization’s protected health information (PHI), a new survey revealed.

Study: Robot-Assisted Telemedicine Provides Effective Neonatal Care

June 30, 2015
Robot-assisted telemedicine can help neonatal intensive care specialists provide effective care, according to a new research effort.

Survey: Provider Finance Departments Not Ready for Value-Based Contracts

June 30, 2015
Only 15 percent say of finance departments at healthcare providers say they have the “very sophisticated” capabilities to support capitation, bundled payments, and quality-based payments that account for an increasingly larger component of revenue, according to a survey by KPMG, the New York City-based-based audit, tax and advisory firm.

AAP is Mostly Positive on Telemedicine

June 29, 2015
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released its official policy on telemedicine, recommending certain uses of the technology and disavowing others for fragmenting care.

HHS Recognizes Winners for Healthcare Innovation

June 29, 2015
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell has announced the seven winners of the 2015 HHS Innovates Awards, a program designed to reward creative solutions developed by HHS employees in response to some of the nation’s most challenging problems in health, healthcare and government.

Study: Federal Reporting of Infection Data is Time-Consuming

June 26, 2015
Collecting and reporting infection data to federal health agencies is not the soundest strategy, according to a new research effort.

Report: M&A Activity Ripe in Health IT Industry

June 26, 2015
Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the healthcare IT segment improved 33 percent on a year-to-year basis, according to new research from New York City-based investment bank Berkery Noyes.

House Committee Votes to Eliminate AHRQ

June 25, 2015
The House Appropriations Committee voted in favor of a bill that would eliminate the Health & Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Health Research and Quality (AHRQ), a research agency that has long been disliked by some members of Congress.

BREAKING: Supreme Court Upholds ACA Subsidies

June 25, 2015
Another challenge against the validity of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has gone by the wayside, with the Supreme Court upholding the legality of tax credits in federally run exchanges.
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