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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.

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.

Policymakers may think elderly Americans should be satisfied with their Medicare coverage, but, according to new research from the Commonwealth Fund, they come in last place when compared to senior healthcare in 10 other countries.

Price growth in healthcare was at a 1.1 percent annual rate as of Sept. 2017 compared to the year prior, according to the Altarum Institute, coming close to the all-time low of 0.9 percent annual growth seen in Dec. 2015.

The new analysis differs from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)’s Dec. 2016 report, which projected greater savings of $416 billion and a larger drop in coverage of 16 million.

 

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Sutter Health destroyed evidence in antitrust case

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.

Advisory Board approves sale to UnitedHealth’s Optum

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.

Medicare falls behind other countries in providing great care

Policymakers may think elderly Americans should be satisfied with their Medicare coverage, but, according to new research from the Commonwealth Fund, they come in last place when compared to senior healthcare in 10 other countries.

Healthcare price growth approaching ‘historic low’

Price growth in healthcare was at a 1.1 percent annual rate as of Sept. 2017 compared to the year prior, according to the Altarum Institute, coming close to the all-time low of 0.9 percent annual growth seen in Dec. 2015.

Repealing individual mandate would increase uninsured; markets would be stable

The new analysis differs from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)’s Dec. 2016 report, which projected greater savings of $416 billion and a larger drop in coverage of 16 million.

Humana announces layoffs, long-term care sale, lawsuit against HHS

Humana has announced it will be cutting 1,300 jobs, offering early retirement for 1,150 employees and selling its long-term care insurance business, KMG America Corporation, at a $400 million loss.

Bonuses to be smaller in Medicare’s value-based purchasing program for 2018

A larger percentage of hospitals will receive bonuses and fewer will be penalized under CMS’s Hospital Value-based Purchasing (VBP) program for fiscal year 2018, though the maximum positive payment adjustment will be smaller.

CMS releases final 2018 Physician Fee Schedule rule

Additional cuts to what CMS pays to hospital-owned off-campus facilities were finalized in the Physician Fee Schedule rule for 2018, though the reductions were lower than what the agency had originally proposed.

Fee-for-service’s share of healthcare payments is shrinking

In a report released by the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network (LAN), 43 percent of payments to health systems came from traditional fee-for-service (FFS) payment models in 2016, down from 62 percent the year before, while alternative payment models’ (APMs) share increased from 23 percent to 29 percent.

ACA enrollment brings Catch-22 for insurers, confusion for customers

Nov. 1 marks the beginning of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges’ open enrollment period. Customers can expect some sticker shock with the most popular plans’ premiums rising by an average of 34 percent. Insurers, in turn, can expect fewer customers.

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