Real-time analytics projected to help Covenant Health save nearly $2 million

A move to real-time analytics has Covenant Health, a not-for-profit Catholic health system with three hospitals in Maine and New Hampshire, on track to save a projected $1.8 million in 2015.

AHA to HHS: 'Refrain' from finalizing MU Stage 3

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must "refrain" from finalizing Meaningful Use Stage 3 until testing and refinement of standards can be conducted, the American Hospital Association writes in comments to HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

Brookings' Niam Yaraghi: US on the verge of realizing returns on HIE investments

A new paper from Brookings Institution fellow Niam Yaraghi examines why it's so hard to measure the benefits of the government's half-billion-dollar investment in health information exchange. He finds continuing promise in effective data exchange, though he notes that establishing such organizations has been a rocky road for many.

Nevada, Minnesota, Indiana enact telehealth parity laws

Telemedicine parity laws now are in play in 27 states and the District of Columbia after Indiana, Minnesota and Nevada enacted their own laws this week.

Susannah Fox to step into HHS CTO role

Susannah Fox has been tapped as the next chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, replacing Bryan Sivak, who stepped down from the role in April.


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Humana received acquisition interest Friday--a move that, if finalized, would create a potential domino effect of consolidation throughout a health insurance industry that faces increasing pressure to rein in costs. 


Mergers and acquisitions continue to be a hot topic in the healthcare industry as M&A activity rises and the government flexes its regulatory muscle, but amid all the developments it's important to note that not all mergers are created equal.