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UnitedHealth has struck a $4.9 billion deal to acquire the DaVita Medical unit of kidney dialysis firm DaVita in an all-cash transaction.

Nurses and home-care aides at Libertana Home Health Care have been experimenting by using Alexa with some elderly clients.

Anthem said it plans to file preliminary 2018 rates with the assumption that the cost-sharing reductions will be funded.

Humana is the only insurer offering exchange plans this year in Knoxville but is dropping out of the Obamacare market in 2018.

While the White House and Congress struggled to repeal Obamacare, investors did not shy away from health-care stocks in the first quarter.

Anthem will appeal a federal court ruling rejecting its $54 billion merger with Cigna and asked for an expedited hearing to make its case.

The Republicans need to enact a replacement plan by the end of this year to ensure a clear transition, S&P’s Deep Banerjee says.

Overturning Obamacare, without plunging the health system into chaos may be easier said than done.

Aetna says it will offer individual Affordable Care Act exchange plans in just four states, down from 15 this year, to reduce its losses.

Big employers will see health costs grow in line with trends, but there’s a shift in what’s driving spending, PwC’s Health Research Institute says.

For doctors and nurses in a growing number of hospitals, worrying about security when they input data into computers requires a balancing act.

They’ve been working around the clock at Athenahealth since the Oct.1 launch of the nation’s new medical coding billing system known as ICD-10. In a makeshift nerve center at the medical billing company’s offices outside Boston, a team of expert coders hunch over computers monitoring the flow of physician claims submitted over the Athena platform, …

Most hospitals don’t have their own navy. Ochsner Baptist in New Orleans does, complete with a fleet of rescue boats and staffers who undergo water rescue training—all because of Hurricane Katrina. Ten years ago, Dr. Glenn Casey and others at the hospital scrambled to find boats, in order to evacuate patients and staff. He said …

First the good news. After years of shifting health costs to workers, most large firms are taking a breather on benefit redesign, and your health benefits next year will probably look a lot like this year’s. But analysts say brace yourself for some big changes in 2018 if the so-called Obamacare Cadillac tax isn’t changed. …