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    Tracking healthcare data breaches

    A breach at a Wisconsin health plan may have exposed the data of more than 533,000 people.

    Updated April 9, 2024
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    Physicians ask FDA to revoke approval of DNA test for opioid addiction

    Providers said the test is based “on old genetic studies that have largely been abandoned” and could exacerbate the opioid crisis.

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    Change Healthcare cyberattack

    Change asks to consolidate dozens of cyberattack class-action lawsuits

    Twenty-four cases have racked up so far against the UnitedHealth subsidiary following a cyberattack against the technology firm in late February.

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    Teladoc’s long-time CEO steps down amid waning stock performance

    A management shakeup is likely coming at the right time, as the virtual care company undergoes an operational review to boost its bottom line, analysts said.

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    Amwell in danger of being booted from NYSE

    The once high-flying telehealth stock has traded below the exchange’s minimum listing requirements for 30 days, according to a new notice.

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    Marshfield Clinic to lay off furloughed workers

    The Wisconsin-based health system furloughed about 3% of its employees earlier this year, and most are impacted by these job cuts.

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    Senate ramps up scrutiny of private equity ‘greed’ in healthcare

    As private equity firms buy up hospitals and staffing agencies, lawmakers say they're increasingly concerned that patient care could suffer.

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    Walmart decelerates health center expansion plans

    The retailer previously planned to have more than 75 health centers operational this year. Now, Walmart plans to reach that goal in 2025.

    Updated April 4, 2024
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    School-based Medicaid billing concerns delay proposed rule

    Concerns over negative impacts to students’ out-of-school public insurance benefits appear to be delaying the release of a federal education rule.

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    Telehealth groups urge DEA to release controlled substance prescribing proposal

    Advocacy groups, providers and virtual care companies said clinicians and pharmacies need time to comment on the rule and prepare for implementation.

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    Deep Dive // Change Healthcare cyberattack

    Change cyberattack serves as wake-up call for healthcare cybersecurity

    The outage shows why health systems need to plan for inevitable cyberattacks, evaluating risks and putting operational backups in place, experts say.

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    CMS finalizes ACA network adequacy rule

    Starting in 2026, plans sold in state-based exchanges will be required to meet time and distance standards for provider access that are already applied to plans sold federally.

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    Kaiser closes Geisinger acquisition, launching Risant Health

    The deal closed roughly a year after it was first announced. Geisinger is the first health system to join Risant, but it’s far from the last — the hospital operator wants to acquire at least four additional nonprofits.

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    Blue Shield of California and Providence at stalemate over contract negotiations

    It's the latest negotiation to spill out of the boardroom and into the public eye as tensions between providers and payers ramp up.

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    Intermountain-owned Saltzer shutters operations, sells clinics

    The financially strapped physician group finalized a midnight deal to sell some services to Trinity Health-owned Saint Alphonsus Health System and Intermountain Medical Imaging of Idaho.

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    Surescripts exploring a sale: report

    A private equity buyer could make sense for the health IT vendor, as a strategic sale to a payer could raise antitrust concerns, one expert said.

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    Biden administration finalizes modest cut to 2025 Medicare Advantage rates

    Despite heavy lobbying, insurers failed to see MA rates improve in the final rule, which codified a 0.16% decrease to benchmark funding.

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    UHS could face hit from $535M judgment against subsidiary

    Damages could shrink on appeal and Universal Health Services has malpractice insurance to cover some costs, but the for-profit’s exposure from the case could still amount to hundreds of millions of dollars.

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    One year, 19M disenrollments: A look at Medicaid redeterminations so far

    Threats of fines, procedural errors and more: Here are the major headlines from the past year of states unwinding Medicaid.

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    UCLA Health acquires California hospital from HCA

    The purchase of the 260-bed facility will help address inpatient capacity needs, UCLA said.

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    Change Healthcare cyberattack

    Change cyberattack likely ‘minor setback’ for nonprofit hospitals: Fitch

    The ratings agency doesn’t anticipate a credit impact to nonprofits as long as providers can return to normal operations soon and maintain a large enough cash cushion during the outage.

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    Adventist, Tenet close California hospital sale

    The deal will net Tenet Healthcare about $450 million in after-tax proceeds.

    Updated April 1, 2024
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    Biden administration finalizes rule cracking down on short-term plans

    Democrat lawmakers and patient advocacy groups cheered the final rule for protecting patients from the skimpy plans, while free-market advocates slammed it as limiting coverage options for consumers.

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    CISA issues notice for long-awaited critical infrastructure reporting requirements

    The proposed rule will require covered entities — including major healthcare companies — to promptly disclose major cyber incidents and ransomware payments.

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    UnitedHealth CFO John Rex to replace Dirk McMahon as president

    McMahon announced earlier this year that he would retire from the healthcare behemoth in April. Rex will step up as president, though there’s no word yet on who will assume McMahon’s chief operating officer role.