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Tennessee is poised to become the first state of the union to ask for Medicaid block granting from the Trump administration, Politico reported.

CVS Health is still facing challenges from its $69 billion merger with health insurance giant Aetna, which closed in late 2018. While the deal was approved by all necessary state regulators and the Department of Justice, a federal judge is still mulling over the deal and looking at potential antitrust problems.

For the first time, employed physicians outnumber self-employed physicians, according to a 2018 benchmark survey from the American Medical Association (AMA). The findings underscore a long-time trend of shifting ownership across physician practices. Over the last several years, self-employed physicians have been on the decline.

One of the nation’s largest health insurers, Aetna, will pay $86 million to HCA Healthcare after a lawsuit stemming from 2015 led to an arbitration trial.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla., has been given another extension from federal regulators to correct its problems. The pediatric hospital came under fire in late 2018 after the Tampa Bay Times uncovered widespread problems at the facility, including a rising death rate in the pediatric heart unit.

Practice leaders and managers looking for new staff strongly prioritize the “cultural fit” of candidates over other qualifications, according to a flash survey conducted by the Medical Group Management Association earlier this week.

The Department of Justice has formally asked an appeals court to throw out the Affordable Care Act in its entirety, a drastic change from the Trump administration’s previous stance that only certain provisions of the healthcare law should be tossed.

While many of the largest healthcare companies have seen rising revenues and record profits at the start of 2019, stock prices aren’t reflecting their successes, Axios reported.

Amputations that are a result of diabetic complications are a life-changing action when the disease spirals out of control. As the prevalence of the disease continues to rise––30 million Americans are estimated to have diabetes––black and Latino patients are more likely to have an amputation compared to non-Hispanic whites, CNN reports.

With more policymakers proposing, supporting and seriously considering various Medicare-for-all health plans, the Congressional Budget Office took a look at a possible design of such a healthcare system and published a highly anticipated paper.

CMS has finalized a rule to ensure that states cannot divert portions of Medicaid provider payments to third parties beyond what is allowed in the statute.

Aetna’s legal department remains busy. Days after the company settled out of court with a patient who sued for coverage denial in California, it’s in the news in Florida for much the same reason—but with a bigger claimant.