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  1. Amazon explored buying at-home medical test company

    Amazon was in talks earlier this year to buy diagnostics startup Confer Health, which develops hardware for at-home medical tests, according to CNBC.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Molina Healthcare battles with founding family: 5 things to know

    Mario Molina, MD, served as CEO of Molina Healthcare from 1996 until the board unexpectedly fired him and his brother John Molina, the company's CFO, in 2017. Dr. Molina and the company are still at odds, according to the Los Angeles Times.  By Ayla Ellison -
  3. Ascension sued by city officials to keep DC health system open

    The District of Columbia attorney general's office filed a lawsuit against St. Louis-based Ascension on Dec. 14, claiming the Catholic health system's move to shutter Washington, D.C.-based Providence Health System violates the terms of Providence's hospital license, according to The Washington Post.  By Alyssa Rege -

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  1. For-profit hospital stock report: Week of Dec. 10-14

    Four major for-profit hospital operators saw their stock prices fall last week.  By Kelly Gooch -
  2. Federal judge in Texas rules ACA is unconstitutional: 8 things to know

    A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the entire ACA is unconstitutional, and a fight against the ruling is expected to ensue, according to The New York Times.  By Kelly Gooch -
  3. Kaiser Permanente mental health workers end 5-day strike

    Kaiser Permanente's striking mental health clinicians ended picketing on Dec. 14, according to the National Union of Healthcare Workers that represents them.  By Kelly Gooch -
  4. Farm bill would allow rural hospitals to refinance debt

    The $867 billion farm bill passed by Congress allows for the refinancing of certain rural hospital debt, according to the American Hospital Association.  By Kelly Gooch -

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  1. California hospital won't reopen Jan. 1

    A California hospital that closed during the summer will not open by Jan. 1 as anticipated, according to the Press-Telegram.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. NP earnings rose 6 percent to average $112K in 2017

    In 2017, nurse practitioners saw a 6 percent increase in gross annual income, according to a Medscape survey.  By Megan Knowles -
  3. Payer mergers could thwart regulatory threats to PBMs, Fitch says

    Pharmacy benefit managers' business model is being threatened by federal regulatory and political efforts to cut healthcare costs; however, vertical mergers and acquisitions between PBMs and health insurers could deter some of these changes, according to Fitch Ratings.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Flu activity slightly elevated: 5 things to know

    Flu activity in the U.S. remained slightly elevated in the week ending Dec. 8, according to the CDC's most recent FluView report.  By Megan Knowles -

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  1. Stamford Hospital fined for running blood center without certification

    Stamford (Conn.) Hospital was fined $55,000 for allowing a phlebotomist to draw blood at a clinic that lacked appropriate certification, according to the Stamford Advocate.  By Morgan Haefner -
  2. Newport Medical Center's new CEO is Matthew Littlejohn: 4 notes

    Knoxville, Tenn.-based Tennova Healthcare selected Matthew Littlejohn to serve as CEO for Newport (Tenn.) Medical Center, effective Jan. 2, 2019.  By Anuja Vaidya -
  3. Cigna-Express Scripts deal clears regulatory hurdles in California, New York

    Cigna and Express Scripts gained approval from California and New York regulators to move forward with their $67 billion merger, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  By Morgan Haefner -
  4. Ex-UPMC radiologist sentenced to 2 years in prison for illegal prescribing

    A former UPMC physician will serve prison time for writing illegal prescriptions for Vicodin, a federal judge said Dec. 13, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  By Morgan Haefner -
  5. Unnecessary healthcare spending topped $341M in Washington, report says

    An estimated $341 million was spent on unnecessary healthcare treatment in Washington state from July 2016-17, according to the nonprofit Washington Health Alliance.  By Morgan Haefner -
  6. UnitedHealth fights lawsuit accusing insurer of underpaying mental health services

    UnitedHealth Group filed a motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit claiming the health insurer unlawfully underpaid reimbursements for mental healthcare, according to The Recorder.  By Morgan Haefner -
  7. Congo pediatric patient born with Ebola in recovery; death toll at 303  

    A baby born Oct. 31 is in recovery after contracting the Ebola virus, according to a report issued by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at Minneapolis-based University of Minnesota.  By Harrison Cook -
  8. How physicians can help patients make healthy lifestyle changes in 2019

    The American Medical Association says it wants to improve national U.S. health next year by creating ways to treat chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension.  By Harrison Cook -
  9. Massachusetts workers at Steward Health Care hospital OK union

    Healthcare workers at St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River, Mass., voted to unionize Dec. 13, according to The Herald News.    By Kelly Gooch -

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