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John Gregory
Senior Writer
John joined TriMed in 2016, focusing on healthcare policy and regulation. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago, he worked at FM News Chicago and Rivet News Radio, and worked on the state government and politics beat for the Illinois Radio Network. Outside of work, you may find him adding to his never-ending graphic novel collection.
 - merger, acquisition, money, handshake

Healthcare real estate company Mainstreet Health Investments has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Care Investment Trust and its dozens of senior care and skilled nursing facilities in 11 states, with the expanded company rebranding to become Invesque.

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A California judge ruled Sacramento-based Sutter Health “intentionally destroyed” 192 boxes of documents which were sought in an antitrust lawsuit against the not-for-profit health system.

Patients often assume that by going to a hospital in their insurance network they will avoid any big bills, but many in Texas are finding out too late their emergency room visit included care from an out-of-network physician.

A large minority (42 percent) of Medicare Part B beneficiaries will have their premium rise from $109 to $134 for 2018, CMS announced on Nov. 17.

 - Advisory Board Company

Shareholders of the Advisory Board Company signed off on the $1.3 billion sale of its healthcare division to UnitedHealth Group’s Optum health services segment.

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Several changes to Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans have been included in a proposed rule by CMS in an effort to fight opioid abuse among seniors while taking another step towards reducing regulations.

 - AHCA vote Trump

Between Nov. 1 and Nov. 11, nearly 1.5 million people signed up for health insurance coverage on the Healthcare.gov exchange, an increase of almost 500,000 from the same period last year.

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Too few accountable care organizations (ACOs) were interested in testing CMS’s Shared Decision Making (SDM) model, so the agency announced it wouldn’t be moving forward with the program.

Louisville-based home healthcare provider Almost Family has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by competitor LHC Group in a deal that would create the second-largest home health agency (HHA) in the U.S.

 - David Shulkin, MD

David Shulkin, MD, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, asked a House committee to redirect $782 million of his agency’s budget to begin the switch from the VA’s legacy electronic health record system to a new Cerner platform.