The merger, which would unite comparably sized systems in Illinois and Wisconsin to form the country's 10th largest not-for-profit hospital system, got the nod from Wisconsin regulators Thursday.
HCA Healthcare plans to add North Carolina to the list of 20 states it operates in, having signed a letter of intent to acquire Mission Health, a six-hospital health system based in Asheville, N.C.
Many systems like Hackensack Meridian Health are looking to establish an all-in-one regional presence that better integrates behavioral health services, which has been a particularly fragmented sector of the industry, exacerbated by issues like the opioid epidemic.
The latest announced mega-merger, between Cigna and Express Scripts, should put Congress on alert, the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee said. Rep. Frank Pallone is calling for an oversight hearing.
CVS Health and Aetna shareholders signed off on the proposed $69 billion merger of the two healthcare companies, which is expected to close in the second half of this year. Now they await the federal government's approval.
The deal between Centene and RxAdvance is the latest example of insurers buying or investing in PBMs to gain more control over pharmaceutical costs.
The $67 billion merger would allow Cigna to lower its costs by insourcing PBM services, and absorb the profits of the biggest stand-alone PBM at a time when its competitors are also pairing up with providers of pharmacy services.
As not-for-profit health systems merge and acquire new hospitals, they're increasingly faced with the difficult question of how to raise money. Some argue it's best done as a single parent foundation, while others say fundraising is best done at the local level.
Supply chain experts are skeptical the $67 billion Cigna Corp.-Express Scripts deal will do much to transform the healthcare industry, let alone deliver any significant savings to customers.
St. Louis-based Centene Corp. will buy primary-care provider Community Medical Group. The move is the latest in a string of deals pairing insurers with healthcare providers.
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is looking to tap into the business accelerator for its consulting and fund-management capabilities.
Atrium Health and UNC Health Care signed a letter of intent to create a joint venture last August. Atrium on Friday put those talks on hold.