December 11, 2017

Weekly review: CVS + Aetna: How the $69B merger could shake up health system strategy

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    CVS + Aetna: How the $69B merger could shake up health system strategy (Monday, Dec. 4)
    CVS Health Corp. plans to buy Aetna for about $69 billion in cash and stock, the two companies announced on Sunday.

    The dying man's tattoo said 'do not resuscitate.' What should doctors do? (Tuesday, Dec. 5)
    A 70-year-old patient with a "do not resuscitate" tattoo arrived unconscious and critically ill at a Florida ED—but in absence of ID or guidance from next of kin, did his tattoo count as a legally binding request? That's the conundrum that ED staff had to resolve in a case study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    'Find $25M in savings in 10 days,' the CEO ordered. Here's what happened next. (Wednesday, Dec. 6)
    In 2015, Trinity Mother Frances' then-CEO asked for $25 million in savings ideas in just 10 days—then walked out of the room. Here's how the system went above and beyond to achieve a double-digit margin, Alex Kacik writes for Modern Healthcare.

    The Leapfrog Group names its 109 'Top Hospitals' (Thursday, Dec. 7)
    This year's list of awardees includes 45 general hospitals, 36 teaching hospitals, 18 rural hospitals, and 10 children's hospitals.

    'Woozy face' and 24 other health care emojis coming to your phone (maybe) (Friday, Dec. 8)
    The Unicode Consortium, the international nonprofit that coordinates the popular Unicode standard for encoding text, on Monday announced its list of 130 "draft candidates" for new emojis—including "petri dish," "microbe," and dozens of others related to health care.

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