Healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative, the companies announced today. Once the deal is final, Kaiser Permanente will gain approximately 590,000 new members.

Becker’s Hospital Review received feedback from 20 CEOs in the healthcare industry about which event in 2015 fascinated them the most. 

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced Monday it is buying Ireland-based Allergan for approximately $160 billion in what would be the largest deal in the history of the healthcare sector. 

The office manager of Memorial Home Health in New Orleans has been sentenced this week for taking part in the company’s $50 million fraud scheme. 

The University of Chicago Medicine and Ingalls Health System agreed to pursue a combined integrated health delivery system. Once the deal is final, Ingalls Health System will join the University of Chicago Medicine health network. 

Thirty CEOs shared their daily habits with Inc. magazine and how their routines have made them successful. For instance, the executives suggested keeping track of industry news, being punctual, experimenting with new habits and processes and learning from other leaders.

Almost 10 percent of healthcare company board positions are held by top academics from many of the top-ranked U.S. medical and research institutions, revealing the potential for significant conflicts of interests. 

Nearly half of respondents to a recent survey said their organizations had a physician leadership development training program, while 95 percent said leadership competencies were important in the medical profession.

The American Heart Association (AHA) warned of a scam in which people are identifying themselves as AHA CEO Nancy Brown and/or AHA chief mission officer Meighan Girgus and contacting individuals for job interviews.

Consumers with unpaid medical bills will have a better chance to resolve disputes under new rules announced on March 9, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Hospital executives are optimistic the Supreme Court will rule in favor of the defendant in the King v. Burwell case and not make changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Reuters reports.

Nearly three-quarters of healthcare executives perform data analytics, Health Data Management reports.