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American Hospital Association takes aim at Anthem-Cigna merger

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.

All eyes on how regulators will respond to massive health insurer mergers

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.

Deconstructing health insurance merger fever: 3 major issues

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.

Challenges, benefits abound with Aetna-Humana deal

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.

Louisiana providers at odds over commercially insured patients

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. 

More hospital competition linked to lower insurance premiums

When it comes to healthcare, competition likely is good for the consumer, according to a report published in the  Antitrust Health Care Chronicle.

Amerigroup sells state operations after DOJ antitrust review

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-West Penn merger won't limit competition

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

Swedish, Providence affiliation to face antitrust review, abortion challenges

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

ACO fears will be addressed, maybe alleviated

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