Having already spoken out against the proposed mergers in the health insurance industry, the American Hospital Association has now ratcheted up its scrutiny of one specific mega-deal in a letter to the Department of Justice.
Now that four of the country's five largest health insurers have announced merger deals, the focus turns to how federal and state regulators will respond to such significant industry consolidation.
On Friday, Aetna shook the insurance world when it announced a $37 billion deal to buy Humana, whose Medicare Advantage business has made it prime for acquisition, FierceHealthPayer reported. Anthem and Cigna have been embroiled in sometimes-contentious talks about a possible Anthem takeover of its fellow insurer, and UnitedHealth Group, the final member of the "Big Five," also still may enter the merger fray. FierceHealthPayer takes a look at some of the latest developments and biggest issues surrounding the companies' consolidation.
Now that Aetna and Humana became the first two major health insurers to merge, many questions remain about how the two companies will combine their operations and what the deal will mean for the health insurance industry.
An anti-trust battle is brewing in Shreveport, Louisiana, between the operator of LSU hospitals and a community health system that already has a large market share in the area.
When it comes to healthcare, competition likely is good for the consumer, according to a report published in the Antitrust Health Care Chronicle.
Amerigroup has agreed to sell its Virginia operations to health provider Inova after the U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust queries into WellPoint's $4.9 billion acquisition of the managed care insurer.
Highmark can move forward with its $475 million acquisition of West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) now that a Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation has concluded that the affiliation won't
The proposed affiliation between secular Swedish Health Services and the Catholic Providence Health & Services, both based in Washington, has drawn the attention of federal and state agencies for
With the recent publication of the proposed rules regarding accountable care organizations (ACO), the topic has hit a fever-pitch level throughout the healthcare industry. Payers are particularly