Leadership

The next step in the ongoing saga of the $69 billion merger between CVS Health and Aetna is scheduled for June 4. That’s when a hearing is set in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, where six witnesses made up of industry stakeholders will testify as U.S. District Judge Richard Leon will decide whether the deal can be finalized.

Fewer hospital CEOs are leaving their jobs, according to a report from Challenger, Gray & Christmas on CEO turnover. During the first four months of 2019, 26 hospital CEOs left their jobs, compared to 35 departures during the same time period in 2018.

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.

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.

CVS Health, fresh off a $69 billion takeover of health insurance giant Aetna, saw its revenues increase 34.8% to $61.6 billion during the first quarter of 2019, according to a May 1st earnings report. In addition, net income rose 43%, to $1.4 billion, from the previous year.

As bacterial germs continue to mutate and proliferate due to the overuse of antibiotics, an arm of the United Nations is laying out the disturbing numbers in hopes of stirring people to action all around the world.

Of 25 top earners working in healthcare, the most modestly compensated industry executive made $6.6 million in 2018.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering labeling fentanyl—a popular painkiller and powerful opioid—as a weapon of mass destruction (WMD), according to an internal memo obtained by military news outlet Task & Purpose.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency April 9 following a measles outbreak within the city, requiring individuals in affected zip codes to get vaccinated or face a $1,000 fine.

Healthcare workers suffer assaultive injuries on the job at a rate equal to workers in all other industries combined. Hospital patients are the most common assailants, while family members are the runners-up.

In a series of late-night tweets published April 1, President Trump suggested Republicans’ proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act will be put to a vote after the 2020 election, edging healthcare out of the spotlight just a week after his administration backed a federal judge’s ruling to invalidate the whole law.

CMS has launched an AI challenge that’s incentivizing innovators to develop solutions for a range of administrative challenges, like predicting unplanned hospital admissions and adverse events, the agency announced March 27.