AHA urges appeals court to affirm decision blocking Anthem acquisition of Cigna

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The AHA today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to affirm a district court decision blocking Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna, which concluded that the proposed combination was likely to substantially effect competition in an already highly concentrated market.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, Coverage, antitrust

AHA trustee Hochman says better behavioral health care is a national priority

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The Class of 2019 profiles the women and men who joined the AHA board this year.

Providing better behavioral health care services is a national priority for Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Renton, Wash.-based Providence St. Joseph Health. And he has made his commitment to the issue crystal... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: accountable care organizations, acquisitions, population health, ACO, governance, leadership, clinical integration

Court issues full opinion blocking Anthem's acquisition of Cigna

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The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia yesterday issued its full opinion blocking Anthem’s proposed acquisition of Cigna, which would have reduced the number of major national health insurers from five to four. As noted in the Feb. 8 order blocking the deal, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, Coverage, antitrust

Aetna and Humana end merger agreement

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Aetna announced today that it would not appeal its loss in U.S. District Court last month. It will pay Humana $1 billion as a result. The court blocked Aetna’s proposed acquisition of Humana, concluding it was likely to substantially lessen competition for individual Medicare Advantage plans in all 364... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, mergers, Coverage, antitrust

Hospital mergers can be a key to meet patients' needs and improve care

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Rapid change in the health care field has led hospital leaders to search for new ways to reduce costs, increase the quality of care, and preserve access to care, so they can continue to meet their patients’ needs. For some hospitals, mergers may be the right path to meet these goals. This week the AHA... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

Report finds hospital mergers reduce costs, enhance quality and services

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Recent hospital mergers reduce costs by harnessing operational efficiencies that can’t be gained through looser affiliations, improve quality and expand the scope of services available to patients, says an AHA-commissioned study unveiled Jan. 25 at a Washington, D.C. briefing.

The study by Boston-based... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, clinical integration, antitrust

Obesity declines for 2 to 4 year olds in federal nutrition program

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Between 2010 and 2014, obesity rates improved for low-income children enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, falling from 15.9% to 14.5% among 2 to 4 year olds, according to new data the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: acquisitions

Virginia insurance bureau recommends against approval of Anthem-Cigna acquisition

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The Virginia Bureau of Insurance July 27 recommended to the State Corporation Commission that the commonwealth not approve Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna saying it has the potential to reduce competition in the large group market. “The Bureau has determined that the merger will impact competition at both a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, mergers

A Victory for the Future of Health Care

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The Department of Justice got it just right when it focused its challenge to Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s acquisition of Humana on the harm to quality and innovation in health care. DOJ echoed the exact arguments we made repeatedly before antitrust officials, Congress and others about how... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers

DOJ files lawsuits against Anthem, Aetna deals

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) today filed lawsuits in District of Columbia federal court to block Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna and Aetna’s acquisition of Humana.

The DOJ’s complaints said the deals would harm innovation and quality in health care, arguments the AHA made repeatedly in its analyses and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, mergers

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