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In a first for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it stripped a hospital’s nonprofit tax status over failing to meet charity care requirements which went into effect, though the unnamed hospital also claimed it didn’t want or need tax-exempt status.

If payment of cost-sharing reduction subsidies, or CSRs, for insurers offering coverage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace are terminated, premiums would be 20 percent higher on average in 2018 and federal spending would increase, but the ACA market would remain stable, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

When it comes to finding waste in their labor costs, healthcare leaders need to sweat the small stuff, according to Chip Newton, senior manager at Deloitte Consulting LLP.

CMS has pushed back the deadline for insurers to file their final 2018 rate requests for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges until Sept. 5, giving companies extra time to decide what plans and prices to offer.

Two studies published in the August edition of Health Affairs emphasized while patients like the idea of having healthcare prices available for comparison shopping, in practice, few actually take advantage of the tools.


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Fairview, HealthEast plan merger into 11-hospital system in Minnesota

Fairview Health Service and HealthEast Care System have announced their intention to merge, creating what is likely the largest health system in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area with a combined $5 billion in annual revenue.

Advocate, NorthShore scrap merger plans

A merger between two Illinois hospital systems, Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University Health Care, has been called off after a federal judge granted the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a preliminary injunction against the deal.

McKesson, Change Healthcare finalize new IT company

The creation of a new data and analytics company, combining McKesson’s technology solutions unit with Nashville, Tenn.-based Change Healthcare, has been completed. The merger unites “the majority” of McKesson Technology Solutions with substantially all of Change, with the new company retaining the Change Healthcare name and Neil de Crescenzo as CEO.

Healthcare spending projected to make up almost 20% of U.S. economy by 2026

Health expenditures in the U.S. are expected to grow by an average of 5.6 percent annually through 2025, driven by rising medical prices that won’t be offset by slower growth in other areas.

Dueling lawsuits: Cigna wants $15 billion from Anthem; Anthem claims ‘sabotage’ of $54 billion merger

After their proposed merger was blocked by a federal judge, insurers Anthem and Cigna now have new opponents in court: each other.

Humana exiting ACA exchanges, individual market in 2018

Humana will be leaving all Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges and withdraw all its business from the individual insurance market in 2018, becoming the first major insurer to make a full exit amid uncertainty about the law’s future. 

Anthem files for expedited appeal of decision blocking Cigna merger

Anthem is asking the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to rush the appeals process as it tries to reverse a lower court’s ruling blocking its $54 million of acquisition of Cigna.

Aetna, Humana officially kill merger

Health insurers Aetna and Humana have mutually ended their $37 billion merger agreement two weeks after a federal judge blocked the deal on antitrust grounds. 

$54 billion Anthem-Cigna merger blocked by federal judge

The $54 billion acquisition of Cigna by Anthem has met the same fate as the $37 billion merger of Aetna and Humana: blocked by a federal judge on antitrust grounds. 

Lowered reimbursements are C-suite’s top fear with ACA repeal

In a survey of healthcare executives, many said they want several provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to stay in place if the law is repealed, while expressing concerns over how its elimination could affect their reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid.