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Independent commission reviewing Beth Israel-Lahey Health merger

Independent commission reviewing Beth Israel-Lahey Health merger

December 14, 2017

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission has begun reviewing the planned merger between Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lahey Health and several other hospital systems that would create the second-largest healthcare network in the state.

DaVita's pharmacy unit reaches $63.7 million false claims settlement

December 14, 2017

DaVita Rx, the pharmacy services unit of kidney dialysis giant DaVita, will pay $63.7 million to settle allegations that it presented false claims to the federal government for prescription medications, and that it provided unlawful financial incentives to Medicare beneficiaries.

California lawmakers propose health coverage for immigrants

By Associated Press  |  December 14, 2017

California, flush with cash from an expanding economy, would eventually spend $1 billion a year to provide healthcare to immigrants living in the state illegally under a proposal announced Wednesday by Democratic lawmakers.

Struggling DeKalb Medical may find partner in Emory Healthcare

Struggling DeKalb Medical may find partner in Emory Healthcare

December 13, 2017

After layoffs and significant operating losses in fiscal 2016 and 2017, DeKalb Medical in Georgia has spent months looking for a partner. Now, it may soon join Atlanta-based Emory Healthcare. The two organizations signed a letter of intent to form a strategic partnership.

California, North Carolina and New York hit hardest by 340B cuts

California, North Carolina and New York hit hardest by 340B cuts

December 13, 2017

The CMS' planned $1.6 billion cut to 340B hospitals will disproportionately impact providers in California, North Carolina and New York, resulting in a $62 million to $126 million hit to hospitals across those states, according to a new study.

News from other sources

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 13, 2017

The FDA wants drugmakers to label their products gluten-free, lawyers in California argue about contraceptive rules, and online shoppers judge typos.


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