DECEMBER 6, 2018
Not so fast: Judge delays CVS-Aetna closure, instructs companies to remain separate
Healthcare Dive
Judge Richard Leon of the District Court of D.C. has yet to sign off on the agreement reached between antitrust regulators and CVS and Aetna over their nearly $70 billion merger, causing a stumbling block for the deal. It's unclear how this could affect the agreement with the Justice Department. READ MORE
CMS to allow states to use ACA subsidies for health plans outside of exchanges
Becker's Hospital Review
CMS intends to give states flexibility to reroute funding of ACA premium subsidies to coverage outside the health law's exchanges, according to Bloomberg. | READ MORE
Georgia sees an increase in uninsured kids
Georgia Health News
The number of uninsured children in Georgia rose by 21,000 last year, mirroring a national increase, according to a new report. | READ MORE
Pregnant women face risk despite federal ER law
Georgia Health News
Jamie Larson had just been wheeled into a room at Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville, CA, after the birth of her first child when a nurse popped in to tell her, “It’s a boy!” | READ MORE
'Game-changing' flu vaccine could require only 1 shot every 5-10 years
You've heard the warnings how the flu can be deadly. Georgia is leading the country when it comes to flu activity. | READ MORE
Matchmaking 2018: Top stories on the residency application process
AMA Wire
For trainees in the latter half of medical school, the next step looms large. That step is often determined by the National Resident Match Program (NRMP). It makes sense, then, that while examining the best-read AMA news stories of 2018, the Match loomed large. | READ MORE
50 hit with layoffs at CTCA
The Newnan Times-Herald
Cancer Treatment Centers of America laid off 50 employees on Wednesday at its Atlanta branch. | READ MORE
[South Georgia Medical Center] may cut ties with heart doctors
Valdosta Daily Times
South Georgia Medical Center may sever ties with two cardiothoracic surgeons whose contracts were suspended in July. | READ MORE
More competition would be good for health care, says [HHS Sec.] Azar
Medpage Today
'Medicare for All' has a fatal flaw, according to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar: "it depends on paying providers Medicare rates." | READ MORE
Bipartisan senators introduce new drug pricing bill
The Hill
A bill introduced by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will seek to crack down on the tactics used by drug companies like Mylan to overcharge taxpayers for Medicaid rebates. | READ MORE
Short on federal funding, Obamacare enrollment navigators switch tactics
Kaiser Health News
Enrollment is down sharply on the federal health insurance marketplace this fall, and the consumer assistance groups that help with sign-ups think they know why. | READ MORE
Why do patients withhold information?
Medpage Today
Most patients appeared to withhold medically relevant information from their clinicians, survey data indicated. | READ MORE
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