Sanford, UnityPoint to merge into $11B 'regional giant'

Sanford Health and UnityPoint Health on Friday announced their intent to merge into an $11 billion integrated health system that, pending regulatory approval, would form what the Wall Street Journal calls a "regional giant" in the Midwest.

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Is your Fitbit actually boosting your health? A new study offers hope.

Study participants who were randomly assigned to receive a pedometer and behavioral support were, several years later, more active and at lower risk for heart attack, stroke, and bone fractures, according to a study published in PLOS Medicine on Tuesday.

Why so many MDs are pursuing their MBAs

An increasing number of medical students and current doctors are pursuing MBAs to get ahead of burnout and expand their career options in the United States' "shifting" health care industry, Shelly Hagan writes for Bloomberg.

Bipartisan bill to address 'surprise' billing moves forward (and hospitals aren't happy)

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Wednesday voted 20-3 to advance a bipartisan legislative package intended address so-called "surprise" medical bills in ways that hospital and provider groups say is unworkable.

Around the nation: Arizona Medicaid now covering Lyft rides to medical appointments

Lyft said the news makes it the first ride-sharing company to become a Medicaid enrolled provider, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Arizona, Florida, and Massachusetts.

How a doctor diagnosed his own life-threatening illness—after a hospital sent him home

When 60-year-old Jay Kostman, an infectious-disease specialist, woke up with his arm tingling and a heaviness in his leg, he thought he was having a stroke. But after listening to his heart, he heard a "shock[ing]" sound that gave way to his true diagnosis, Mari Schaefer reports for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Democrats split on 'Medicare for All,' but agree on coverage for undocumented immigrants

Health care again was a major focus in last night's primary debate for candidates seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, with candidates split on whether to transition the United States to a single-payer health system, but agreeing on expanded access to coverage for undocumented immigrants.

Weekend reads: Why Scottish seals are learning to sing the Star Wars theme song

Sobriety is having a social media moment with the newly "sober curious," coffee adds "weight loss" to its array of health benefits, and more.