UPMC tentatively agrees to pay $12.5M in antitrust lawsuit; Farmers in a tough spot due to ACA

> The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has tentatively agreed to pay $12.5 million to settle a long-running antitrust lawsuit that alleged UPMC and Highmark Inc. conspired to keep insurance competitors out of Western Pennsylvania, TribLive reports. Article

> The Affordable Care Act is putting farmers in a tough spot. Many contractors that supply workers have to offer them health coverage, and they worry this will result in immigration issues, according to NPR. Article

> More than 10 million people with Medicare have saved more than $20 billion on prescription drugs since 2010, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Announcement

Health Finance News

> A new index by iVantage Health Analytics concluded that there are 673 financially vulnerable rural hospitals in the United States, of which 210 are on the brink of closing immediately. Article

AntiFraud News

> The CEO of a small Georgia hospital was arrested last week along with two physicians and three others who allegedly ran a long-standing prescription drug scam. Article

And finally… Have a seat over here, sir. Article