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Aggressive medical care: Docs, patients struggle with end-of-life decisions

When it comes to end-of-life decisions, it's often unclear whether doctors or patients should have the final say. The philosophical, legal, ethical and economic impacts of these challenging decisions about the type of care patients receive when they are near the end of their lives puts doctors in the hot seat, reports  Medscape.

Widening merger-review approach could stymie insurer deals

A shift in how antitrust officials examine the anticompetitive effects of mergers could add to the mounting challenges faced by the Aetna-Humana and Anthem-Cigna deals.  

Study finds risk factors for infection from superbug-tainted scopes

A new study from UCLA Health identifies factors that increase the likelihood of a patient being infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria from tainted scopes.

New coalition will press for legislation to battle opioid epidemic

A new coalition made up of national physician organizations and other groups, will press Congress to adopt comprehensive policies to combat the country's opioid epidemic.

Anthem-Cigna discord compounds uncertainty over merger's future

Reports of behind-the-scenes bickering between Anthem and Cigna have reverberated in the stock market and raised further doubts about the likelihood the health insurers' merger will win approval.  

Massachusetts ballot proposition to equalize hospital payments could be disastrous

A union-backed ballot initiative to equalize payments to hospitals in Massachusetts is raising significant concerns both within and outside the provider community. If passed by voters later this year, no hospital would be paid more than 20 percent above the statewide average for any medical procedure, according to  The Boston Globe.

System provides doctors with instant drug history information

Doctors cite myriad reasons for not taking advantage of state prescription drug databases, even though health officials encourage the use of such tools more than ever in light of the country's opioid crisis.  

Keep proposed MACRA changes in perspective

Worries over the consequences of value-based payment methodologies in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act obscure significant improvements the rule makes over the status quo, writes Bob Doherty, senior vice president of Government Affairs and Public Policy at the American College of Physicians, in an article published in  MedPage Today.

Anthem, Cigna squabbles could threaten proposed merger

Tensions are rising between potential merger partners Anthem and Cigna, which could only make it more difficult for the two health insurance companies to win over federal regulators.  

Google kidney app pilot moves forward despite regulatory spotlight

A pilot of a Google DeepMind kidney monitoring app with the National Health Service Royal Free Trust is moving forward despite reports it was halted now that it's fallen under regulatory scrutiny.