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Filing reveals how the Centene-Health Net merger deal transpired

Centene Corp's proposed acquisition of Health Net came after the latter health insurer's board had discussed the possibility of a merger as far back as 2013, a recent Securities & Exchange Commission filing reveals.

Treasury regulations on patient financial assistance may be tough to enforce

The new rules issued by the U.S. Treasury Department intended to curb excessive debt collection practices by hospitals are not likely to be enforced in a consistent and effective manner, Erin C. Fuse Brown, a law professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, writes in the AMA Journal of Ethics.

California hospital investigates suspected superbug outbreak linked to scopes

Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California is investigating a suspected superbug outbreak associated with a duodenoscope that is linked to cases of deadly infections across the country, according to the  Los Angeles Time s

Critics complain proposed sepsis reporting rules could lead to overtreatment

Sepsis is one of the top drivers of costs, readmissions and mortality for hospitals, accounting for up to half of all hospital deaths, but until recently it has not received the same scrutiny as other top causes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. But proposed CMS reporting requirements for doctors who treat the condition are drawing mixed reviews.

DoD, VA must be accountable for interoperability failures

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How healthcare merger-mania hurts competition, care access

The current wave of consolidation within the healthcare industry is bad for care access, competition and patient choice, argues an opinion piece published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Two largest hospitals in Anchorage continue to struggle over limited ER beds

The two largest hospitals in Anchorage, Alaska are continuing their tug-of war over the number of emergency room beds that they can add during the next several years, according to the  Alaska Dispatch News.

HHC tech leaders out amid billing probe of EMR implementation

Four top leaders at New York City's Health and Hospitals Corp. have left the organization after an investigation into improper billing for a revamp of its electronic medical record system.

3 ways to get your OSHA compliance up to speed

Physician practices have a lot of regulatory responsibilities to juggle, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance measures, which ensure a safe working environment, too often become a dangerously low priority, according to a recent article from  Medical Practice Insider.

FDA sends warning letters to 3 manufacturers of superbug-linked scopes

The Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to three major manufacturers of a specialized medical scope linked to deadly "superbug" outbreaks at hospitals.