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Advisory Board finalizes deal with UnitedHealth's Optum

Advisory Board finalizes deal with UnitedHealth's Optum

November 17, 2017

The Advisory Board Co.'s shareholders and executives finalized a $2.58 billion deal with UnitedHealth Group's Optum and a private equity firm, splitting the consulting group's healthcare business from its education arm.

News from other sources

By Project Japan  |  November 17, 2017

The FDA goes after clinics providing sketchy gene therapies, Geisinger expands its precision health program, and the FCC toys with limiting financial assistance for internet and phone services.

eClinicalWorks sued over patient record inaccuracies

eClinicalWorks sued over patient record inaccuracies

November 17, 2017

The EHR vendor has been hit with a putative class-action suit alleging that misrepresentations of its software's capabilities led to inaccuracies in patient records. eClinicalWorks has settled litigation over the misrepresentations.

IlliniCare slashing rates to Medicaid suppliers

IlliniCare slashing rates to Medicaid suppliers

By Kristen Schorsch  |  November 16, 2017

IlliniCare, a private insurer that's part of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's Medicaid managed-care overhaul, is cutting reimbursement rates to medical suppliers by up to 50%.

1st GOP senator opposes tax bill in early sign of problems

1st GOP senator opposes tax bill in early sign of problems

By Associated Press  |  November 16, 2017

Wisconsin's Ron Johnson became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party's tax bill, signaling potential problems for GOP leaders as the House passed its similar tax package.

New Jersey Sen. Menendez's bribery trial ends in a hung jury

New Jersey Sen. Menendez's bribery trial ends in a hung jury

By Associated Press  |  November 16, 2017

The federal bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ended in a mistrial Thursday when the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on all charges against the New Jersey politician and a wealthy donor. Prosecutors can seek to retry the lawmaker.

Centene names Cynthia Brinkley as president and COO

Centene names Cynthia Brinkley as president and COO

November 16, 2017

Centene Corp. has named Cynthia Brinkley as president and COO. Brinkley, who is relative newcomer to the healthcare industry, was responsible for the integration of Health Net after Centene acquired it in 2016.

Two House lawmakers seek to block CMS' $1.6 billion 340B cut

Two House lawmakers seek to block CMS' $1.6 billion 340B cut

November 15, 2017

Two House lawmakers introduced bipartisan legislation to prevent the CMS from imposing its slated $1.6 billion cut to the 340B program. The move comes just days after hospitals sued to stop the reductions from taking place.


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