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Purdue Pharma agreed to a $270 million settlement March 26 to help battle Oklahoma’s opioid crisis after a slew of lawsuits threatened to edge the company into bankruptcy.

The Trump administration filed a notice March 25 supporting a federal judge’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act should be thrown out in its entirety—a sharp pivot from the administration’s previous position that only parts of the law should be eradicated.

CVS Health’s merger with managed care company Aetna has resulted in lower stock shares and some financial stress, but strategies to reduce unnecessary medical expenses and capitalize on trends like cannabis legalization might ease some of that discomfort, CNBC reported March 21.

CMS issued its final Health Insurance Exchanges 2019 Open Enrollment Report on March 25, touting stabilized premiums and extended “grandmother” policies amid sign-ups that numbered 300,000 fewer than last year.

Montana offers the most favorable work environment for physicians in 2019, according to a new report from WalletHub that ranked all 50 states and the District of Columbia on 18 different metrics.

Women and uninsured individuals are the most likely candidates to skimp on daily medications and practice other money-saving techniques in an effort to reduce their prescription drug costs, according to a report published by the CDC this March.

The Nashville region’s largest health-tech company, Change Healthcare, filed for a $100 million IPO March 15 in preparation for going public, according to the Nashville Business Journal.

More than a quarter-million people were recently affected by a ZOLL Medical data breach that exposed patient names, addresses, dates of birth, limited medical information and some Social Security numbers, the company announced.

A woman who was on the hook for nearly $227,000 in medical bills after suffering a heart attack and other complications had her balance wiped out by a medical charity waiver, Kaiser Health News reported. But that didn’t save Debbie Moehnke and her husband, Larry, the stress of mounting medical bills and calls from debt collectors, and the story highlights how inconsistent billing practices could impact other patients.

After a 15-year stint as the CEO of nonprofit health system Ascension, Anthony R. Tersigni, EdD, announced he’s stepping down from his role at the end of 2019.

Anthem Blue Cross is collaborating with Stanford to launch the AI for Health Affiliation program, a corporate affiliates program within the Stanford Department of Computer Sciences that will fund research on how AI can improve the efficiency and value of Anthem Blue Cross and its health plans.

The National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) celebrated its largest-ever Match Day on March 15, pairing a record number of applicants with the largest number of residencies offered to date.