Supreme Court will hear King v. Burwell on March 4; Highmark and Johns Hopkins expand partnership;

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> The Supreme Court will hear arguments in the King v. Burwell case on March 4, 2015, according to the Wall Street Journal. The lawsuit questions the legality of subsidies to consumers who bought health insurance through the federal exchange. A decision is expected in June 2015. Article

> The Allegheny Health Network, parent company Highmark and Johns Hopkins Medicine have announced a partnership with initiatives ranging from group purchasing to health outcomes data analysis to research and education collaboration. Announcement

> Anthem has acquired Simply Healthcare Holdings, a managed care company for Medicare and Medicaid enrollees in Florida, MarketWatch reported. This will give Anthem 500,000 Medicare and Medicaid members in the Sunshine State. Article

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> Eighty-nine new accountable care organizations will join the Medicare Shared Savings Program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in a blog post this week. The new ACOs will bring the total participating in the MSSP to 405 next year, with more than 7.2 million beneficiaries. Article

> More and more executives make their health a priority not only for their own good, but for the benefit of their career. Article

And finally … Holiday cards from economists. Non-pecuniary values are important. Article