5 must-read articles for healthcare leaders this week

As you get ready for a busy week, here are five articles you must read to catch up on all the latest healthcare news.

1. Hospitals face $1.6B in Medicare payment cuts after judge dismisses lawsuit: 6 things to know

A federal judge has dismissed an injunction requested by hospital groups and health systems to block payment cuts for drugs purchased through the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

2. Major Kindred shareholder dubs $4.1B acquisition deal 'grossly inadequate'

Brigade Capital Management, a top shareholder in Louisville, Ky.-based Kindred Healthcare, said Wednesday the deal by two private equity firms and Humana to acquire Kindred is "disappointing and grossly inadequate."

3. 5 actions Trump can take to undermine the ACA in 2018

Congress failed to repeal and replace the ACA in 2017, and though it is unclear if Republicans will be able to dismantle the legislation with midterm elections looming in 2018, there are still actions President Donald Trump can take to undermine the ACA, according to The Hill.

4. 6 recent hospital transactions and partnerships

The following healthcare mergers, acquisitions, partnerships and general transactions took place or were announced during the past week.

5. Michael Dowling: 4 most important healthcare trends in 2018

To say that it has been a tumultuous year for the healthcare industry is an understatement. Federal policy changes and recent transactions involving large insurers, health systems and retailers will affect providers, payers and patients alike.

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