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Atrium Health and Wake Forest Baptist Finalize Merger

Charlotte, N.C. based Atrium Health completed its merger with Winston-Salem, N.C. based Wake Forest Baptist Heath on October 9, 2020, and will continue to operate under the Atrium Health name. The merger created a 42-hospital system, employing more t… Read More
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Advocate Aurora and Beaumont Health Cancel Merger

Beaumont Health, based in Southfield, MI and Advocate Aurora, with dual-headquarters in Downers Grove, IL and Milwaukee, WI, have ended their merger discussions. The parties had signed a non-binding letter of intent in June of this year announcing th… Read More
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Fundraising Activity Hit by Pandemic Via Pitchbook

Fundraising activity for first time funds has decreased this year according to Pitchbook from $5.3 Billion last year, to $1.9 billion so far this year. However, those that do get funding are coming away with more. The median fundraising amount for fi… Read More
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Trump Signs Healthcare Executive Orders

On September 24, 2020 President Trump signed an executive order implementing his “America First Healthcare Plan.” Through the Order, Trump addressed his intent for individuals with pre-existing conditions to maintain insurance coverage, even if t… Read More
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Categories: Healthcare

Missouri to Expand Medicaid

On August 4, 2020, Missouri voters approved expanding Medicaid coverage in the state through an amendment to the state constitution, making Missouri the 38th to expand. The vote narrowly passed, receiving support from 53% of voters. It provides cover… Read More
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Categories: Healthcare

AHA Seeking Overturn Regarding Reduced Outpatient Payments

The American Hospital Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges have announced that they will seek a rehearing of their lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit… Read More
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Categories: Healthcare

Supreme Court Upholds Broad Interpretation of Ministerial Exception

In the consolidated cases Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru and St. James School v. Biel, the Supreme Court held that the First Amendment’s Religion Clauses prevent the adjudication of employment discrimination claims brought by an emp… Read More
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Categories: Employment

North Carolina to Delay Medicaid Expansion

North Carolina’s legislature has chosen to delay implementing Medicaid expansion for at least another year. Instead, the legislature passed NC Senate Bill 808, which was signed by Governor Roy Cooper on July 2, 2020. The bill provides funding for t… Read More
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Categories: Healthcare

Oklahoma Approves Medicaid Expansion

On June 30, 2020, the citizens of Oklahoma narrowly approved a state question to expand Medicaid in the state. State Question 802 passed with 50.5% of voters’ support and is predicted to allow at least 200,000 Oklahoma adults to become eligible for… Read More
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Categories: Healthcare

Georgia Supreme Court Lien Decision

On June 29, 2020, the Georgia Supreme Court unanimously issued an opinion in a class action addressing claims that a hospital was committing fraud by filing liens for full charges when the negotiated amount paid may be significantly less. In the deci… Read More
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