Highmark settles suit brought by former CEO; Kasich calls GOP's ACA repeal plans a 'stupid promise'

> A year-long legal battle has ended in a settlement between Highmark and its former CEO, Kenneth Melani, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Melani had sued the insurer after he was fired in 2012 following a fistfight with the estranged husband of his then-girlfriend. Article

> Two lawmakers in Wisconsin have sent a letter to the state's insurance commissioner requesting that he require Aetna and Humana to guarantee there will be no job reductions before approving their proposed merger. Letter

> In a recent appearance on a radio show, presidential candidate John Kasich said that his fellow Republicans' claims they would repeal the Affordable Care Act were a "stupid promise" considering that there is still a Democratic president. Article

Healthcare News

> In an exclusive interview with FierceHealthcare, Christopher Dawes, president and CEO of Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, discusses consolidations to expand pediatric specialty services and the importance of cultural alignment. Article

Practice Management News

> Happier patients translate into better quality metrics and lower costs, writes Vivian S. Lee, M.D., CEO of University of Utah Health Care and dean of the University of Utah School of Medicine in a Harvard Business Review blog post. Article

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