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Payer Roundup—Judge to allow hearings on CVS-Aetna deal

April 09, 2019 / Paige Minemyer

A federal judge reviewing the completed merger between CVS Health and Aetna said he will allow witnesses who oppose the deal to testify at a series of hearings on the matter. District Judge Robert Leon of Washington, D.C., is taking a second look at the Department of Justice’s approval of the mega-merger. The two companies have been allowed to move forward with integration as Leon reviews the deal. Hearings would allow industry groups that opposed the deal—notably the American Medical Association—to weigh in. “This is a matter of great consequence to a lot of people,” Leon said. (The Wall Street Journal). Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma has come under fire for hiring outside communications agencies to manage her public image. Democrats have called for the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General to investigate the matter, and the agency has agreed to an inquiry. OIG will investigate whether Verma’s use of outside public relations broke ethics rules.