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In an effort to boost primary care, Geisinger and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine will provide debt-free medical school and living assistance to its students who plan to work in primary care at the health system after graduating.

Increased physical activity could have a huge impact on the global economy, with just 15 minutes more walking per day adding an average of $100 billion annually until 2050, according to new research from RAND and Vitality.

CVS Health is closing nearly two dozen stores that are underperforming, the company announced in its third quarter earnings released Nov. 6. The store closings also coincide with a 10% jump in profit for the quarter for CVS, of $1.52 billion.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is reportedly in talks to take the company private, according to CNBC. The deal would be the largest leveraged buyout in history, and the news comes after Walgreens announced it was closing 160 in-store clinics it owns and operates.

CMS has finalized payment rules for 2020, dropping a controversial coding change in the Physician Fee Schedule and a proposal to force hospitals to publicly disclose their standard pricing.

Other countries are targeting and stealing confidential scientific research from U.S. institutions and academic centers, according to a report from The New York Times.

Neurosurgery is the medical specialty with the highest average annual compensation, according to the 2019 Physician Compensation Report from Doximity, which draws on responses from nearly 90,000 licensed U.S. doctors over six years.

A number of leadership changes at the U.S. FDA were announced Nov. 1 by the White House and HHS, including an intent to nominate a new leader of the agency.

CMS has chosen 25 participants to advance to Stage 1 of its AI Health Outcomes Challenge, an initiative aimed at developing AI-driven healthcare predictions for providers and clinicians.

Google is taking over wearables company Fitbit for an acquisition price of $2.1 billion, the companies confirmed Nov. 1.

CMS has finalized changes to Medicare payment methodologies that aim to improve care for kidney care patients.

Apple has hired a prominent cardiologist, David Tsay, MD, from Columbia University Medical Center, CNBC reported.