Healthcare Economics & Policy

Just one day after announcing a name change from Carolinas HealthCare System, Charlotte, North Carolina-based Atrium Health has signed a letter of intent to merge with another system, Navicent Health, based in Macon, Georgia.

CMS has outlined which alternative payment models (APMs) qualify as Advanced APM under the Quality Payment Program (QPP) this year, thus giving participating providers a 5 percent payment bonus.

In a proxy statement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Louisville, Kentucky-based Kindred Healthcare urged its shareholders to follow the recommendation of Kindred board members and vote yes on the proposed $4.1 billion sale of the company to insurer Humana and two private equity firms.

The $69 billion proposed acquisition of Aetna by CVS Health remains under review by the Department of Justice (DOJ), which requested the companies provide more information on their merger agreement.

Between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, health systems should expect pharmaceutical prices to jump up by 7.35 percent, a slightly lower increase than in recent years as fewer products see “exorbitant” price hikes and costs moderate for high-priced hepatitis C drugs.

The merger of Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance (MSHA) cleared its last hurdle on Jan. 31, as the Tennessee Department of Health issued the Certificate of Public Advantage (COPA) allowing the deal to be completed.

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