Centene revenues soar as it expands into other states; Be wary of potential pitfalls during a healthcare merger;

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> St. Louis-based Centene Corporation saw second-quarter revenues from premium and services jump 49 percent year-over-year to $3.7 billion, thanks to expansions in Florida, Ohio and California. Earnings Report

> To push Medicaid beneficiaries toward more cost-conscious healthcare decisions, officials in Arkansas are mulling a plan to make some beneficiaries pay monthly contributions to savings accounts--or face high cost-sharing requirements or refusal for services, according to Kaiser Health News. Article

> Three-fourths of survey respondents want flexible spending accounts to apply to payments made for over-the-counter medicines, according to a new survey conducted by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, reported USA Today. Article

Health Finance News

> Mergers and acquisitions are an inevitable part of hospital operations and healthcare delivery for the forseeable future, but executives need to keep a cautious eye on potential pitfalls that can occur while pulling a merger offer, according to J.D. Supra Business Advisor. Article

> A hospital in rural Iowa is partnering with a Des Moines surgeon to compete with its urban counterparts, according to the Des Moines Register. Article

And Finally... I guess black and white is the new orange. Article