House committee passes SMARTER Act

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The House Judiciary Committee today voted 16-10 to approve the Standard Merger and Acquisition Reviews Through Equal Rules Act (H.R. 659), AHA-supported legislation that would standardize the merger review process for the two federal antitrust agencies. “The SMARTER Act helps hospitals and health systems... read more

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

AHA infographic highlights benefits of hospital mergers

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A new AHA infographic highlights the benefits of hospital mergers, as revealed by a recent study by Charles River Associates. The study found that hospital mergers between 2009 and 2014 reduced annual operating expenses at acquired hospitals by 2.5%, and are driving quality and service improvements for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, care coordination

Report: Hospital mergers reduce costs, enhance quality and services

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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, according to an AHA-commissioned study by Charles River Associates, unveiled today at a briefing in Washington,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, mergers, access

AHA Stat Blog: Hospital mergers promote value and quality

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The drive to build a continuum of care that rewards value over volume is unlikely to abate because it’s what consumers demand, AHA General Counsel Melinda Reid Hatton writes in an AHA Stat blog post today, responding to a commentary on consolidation published in The JAMA Forum. “Building that continuum of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, mergers

Trial begins in Anthem-Cigna merger

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Court proceedings got underway today in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Anthem’s bid to acquire Cigna. Judge Amy Berman Jackson is expected to rule in the case before the end of the year. The Department of Justice filed suit July 21 to block the acquisition, along with Aetna’s... read more

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

Appeals court grants FTC request to stop hospital merger pending administrative trial

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Reversing a district court ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit today granted a request by the Federal Trade Commission to prevent the integration of Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth while the agency completes an administrative trial challenging the proposed merger.... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, regulation, clinical integration

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

DOJ sues to block health insurance mergers

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Saying the proposed deal would “lead to higher health-insurance prices, reduced benefits, less innovation, and worse service” for consumers, the Department of Justice today filed a lawsuit in federal court to block Aetna’s acquisition of Humana. DOJ also took action to block Anthem’s acquisition of Cigna,... read more

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

FTC drops challenge to West Virginia hospital merger

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The Federal Trade Commission yesterday dropped its administrative challenge to a proposed merger between Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, WV, citing state approval of a cooperative agreement between the hospitals and a new state law on hospital cooperative... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: mergers, antitrust

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