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Missouri regulators oppose Aetna-Humana merger

Missouri has become the first state to oppose the Aetna-Humana deal, which has gotten a green light from several other state regulators as it continues to undergo a federal review.  

Despite gloomy predictions, ICD-10 implementation was smooth for most practices

More than seven months after the implementation of ICD-10, most physician practices reported a smooth transition to the new coding system, a survey by PracticeSuite found. 

VA's proposed rule would give advanced practice registered nurses full practice authority

The Department of Veterans Affairs aims to expand the scope of practice of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who work for the agency in order to provide veterans with greater and timely access to care.

Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish: 'Dynamic tension' with Cigna won't derail merger

Amid reports that Anthem and Cigna leaders have been bickering over merger-related issues, Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish wants to assure investors that the transaction is progressing as planned.  

Little chance of losing personal assets to malpractice suits

The odds of a physician losing his or her personal assets in a malpractice suit are vanishingly low, but the fear of losing it all stubbornly persists, according to  Medscape Business of Medicine.

Docs: Laws are hindering patient access to records

The increased use of electronic health records and other technology provides patients with more access to their medical information, but several legal issues are creating obstacles that should be re-examined, according to a viewpoint published in the  Annals of Internal Medicine.

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.