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Aetna's $37 billion Humana deal driven by value-based care push

Value-based care and increased enrollment in Aetna's Medicare Advantage program figure to be two of the biggest winners thanks to the insurance giant's recently announced $37 billion acquisition of competitor Humana.

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Merger of ABHOW and be.group will create nonprofit LTC giant

American Baptist Homes of the West and be.group have announced they will merge next year to create one of the largest nonprofit senior living organizations in the country.

Bill would expand civil monetary penalties related to HHS

The newest version of the House's 21st Century Cures bill would expand civil monetary penalties to cover false claims related to contracts and grants funded by Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other programs within the Department of Health and Human Services.

CMS won't deny claims for first year of ICD-10 transition

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced it will work with the American Medical Association to ease the transition to ICD-10, including a 12-month grace period when claims won't be denied for unintentional code errors.

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CMS lessens pressure over improper Medicaid payments and House committee balks

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are investigating why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has raised its Medicaid improper payment rate target for fiscal year 2015.

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