Nov 17, 2017

California hospital system destroyed antitrust evidence

Nurses protest outside a Sutter Health hospital in 2007. Photo: Paul Sakuma / AP

Sutter Health, a California-based network of hospitals and doctors, knowingly destroyed massive amounts of evidence that were relevant to a lawsuit that accuses the not-for-profit system of anticompetitive practices and price-gouging, Chad Terhune reports for California Healthline. Sutter said it made a "mistake," but a judge said Sutter was, at best, "grossly reckless."

Why it matters: It's a damning revelation against a large hospital system, and it's worth watching to see if there will be any penalties. Hospitals and doctors have consolidated rapidly over the past decade, which experts say has contributed to rising health care costs.

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Biden formally secures Democratic presidential nomination

Joe Biden speaks at Delaware State University's student cente on June 5. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden became the formal Democratic presidential nominee on Friday evening, per AP.

The big picture: Biden has been the presumptive frontrunner to take on President Trump since Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign in early April.

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Scoop: German foreign minister to travel to Israel with warning on annexation

Heiko Maas. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is expected to travel to Israel next week to warn that there will be consequences if Israeli leaders move forward with plans to annex parts of the West Bank, Israeli officials and European diplomats tell me.

Why it matters: Israeli and European officials agree that if Israel goes ahead with unilateral annexation, the EU will respond with sanctions.