February Healthcare News

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After Months In Limbo For Children’s Health Insurance, Huge Relief Over Deal READ
CHIP covers children in low-income families — most can’t afford private insurance and their children might have had to go uninsured.

Nationally, about 9 million children get health coverage through CHIP.

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase join forces to tackle employees’ health-care costs READ
Three major employers, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase, announced Tuesday they were partnering to create an independent company aimed at reining in health-care costs.

There were almost no details available about how the company would function — whether it would seek to integrate into existing markets or try to disrupt the complicated fabric of American health care.

But major health company stock prices tumbled on the news, and the announcement stirred excitement and concern among industry leaders that the three companies could bring their clout to containing costs in the massive employer-sponsored health insurance market, which provides care to approximately 160 million Americans.

Health system mergers in the U.S. at record high READ
Hospital and health system mergers set a record in 2017, with a new report saying networks of care providers bulked up to offer a broader range of services and prepare for new contracts that ask health systems to take financial risk.