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Partners, Harvard Pilgrim table merger talks

Partners, Harvard Pilgrim table merger talks

November 16, 2018

Massachusetts' dominant health system and one of its largest payers have put their merger talks on hold, after executives reportedly felt the deal was getting too complicated.

LifePoint finalizes merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners

LifePoint finalizes merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners

November 16, 2018

LifePoint Health has finalized its merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners. The rural hospital operator has been purchased by affiliates of the private equity firm Apollo Global Management, which owns RCCH.

Primary-care visits dropped 18% from 2012 to 2016

Primary-care visits dropped 18% from 2012 to 2016

November 15, 2018

There has been a relatively steady decline in primary-care visits since 2009, although nurse practitioners and physician assistants are making up some ground, according to new research from the Health Care Cost Institute.

Atrium Health settles anti-steering contract suit with feds

Atrium Health settles anti-steering contract suit with feds

November 15, 2018

The U.S. Justice Department said its settlement with Atrium Health would prohibit the Charlotte, N.C., hospital system from using anticompetitive steering restrictions in contracts between commercial health insurers and its providers.


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