Hospital acquisitions may have a negative impact on the quality of patient care, according to new findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study results may help answer the question of how mergers and acquisitions impact patients and quality of care.

President Trump signed the latest $1.4 trillion spending bills into law to fund the government and simultaneously gutted three taxes related to the Affordable Care Act: the health insurance tax, Cadillac tax and medical device tax.

Electronic medical record products may have patient safety issues––even if they’re certified, according to a new study published in JAMA.

Novartis may give away a new drug with a price tag above $2 million for free to some patients using a lottery-style program. The drug, Zolgensma, is a cure for a deadly inherited disease, spinal muscular atrophy, and the world’s most expensive drug.

The average salary for a physician was $363,924 in 2018, according to a new survey.

Express Scripts, a large pharmacy benefit management organization owned by Cigna, announced a three-year collaboration with Prime Therapeutics.

 

Humana’s top executives offloaded a significant sum of shares in late December, shedding about 107,077 Humana shares worth $37.7 million, Louisville Business First reported.

Cigna, one of the nation’s largest health insurance providers, has agreed to sell its group disability and life insurance business to New York Life for a purchase price of $6.3 billion.

Several major technology companies have come under scrutiny for being granted access to some patient health data to develop new technologies and tools, but Americans may be more open to sharing their information in the name of innovation for specific purposes.

Partners Healthcare, an integrated healthcare system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, has launched a five-year, $100 million digital health initiative to provide a number of new services for patients and boost digital innovation.

The individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, which requires individuals to have health insurance coverage or face a penalty, has been declared unconstitutional by the Fifth Circuit Court. The ruling is a victory for the Republican-led lawsuit to overturn the ACA. However, it still leaves other elements of the ACA without a decision, including the popular provision of healthcare coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

Hospital-level care at home can reduce overall care costs, healthcare use and readmissions while still providing quality care and improving the patient experience, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.