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April 1, 2014
07:41 EDTCNC, AETAetna Centene to get boost from prior period development, says Wells Fargo
After reviewing managed care companies' reserves, Wells Fargo believes that Aetna (AET) and Centene (CNC) could get a "fairly significant" EPS boost in 2014 from higher favorable prior period development, or PPD. At the very least, higher PPD should cushion Aetna and Centene from higher than expected medical costs, added the firm, which keeps Outperform ratings on both stocks.
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January 26, 2015
12:39 EDTCNC, AETHHS Secretary orders Medicare to change payment method, WSJ says
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06:03 EDTCNCCentene to acquire Agate Resources
Centene announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Agate Resources, a diversified holding company that offers an array of healthcare products and services to Oregon residents. Agate is based in Eugene, Oregon. Trillium Community Health Plan, Inc., a subsidiary of Agate, participates in Oregon's Coordinated Care Organization model to provide Medicaid services to Oregon Health Plan members in Lane County, Oregon. Trillium also provides coverage to Medicare beneficiaries through a Medicare Advantage plan and participates on the Cover Oregon health insurance marketplace. Terry Coplin, the CEO of Agate, and the existing management team will continue to lead the local operations of Agate. The transaction is expected to close in Q3, subject to customary closing conditions, including Oregon regulatory approval. The deal is expected to be accretive to EPS in the first twelve months following close.
January 18, 2015
17:40 EDTAETAetna customers can switch coverage after mistake, Bloomberg says
Aetna is being investigated by the U.S. for misleading elderly and disabled people about which pharmacies would fill prescriptions in Medicare drug plans the health insurer sold them, says Bloomberg. According to the Bloomberg report, customers will be able to quit their coverage and choose a new plan this year as a result. Raymond Thorn, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Aetna may be fined or prohibited from enrolling new Medicare customers if the agency determines it intentionally misled Medicare patients, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
14:54 EDTAETGilead at high of day, up 3% after reaching hep C drug pact with Aetna
14:46 EDTAETAetna, Gilead confirm discount pricing for hepatitis C drugs Harvoni, Sovaldi
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10:47 EDTCNC, AETBofA/Merrill healthcare facilities analyst analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Facilities & Managed Care Analyst Bressler discusses the legislative and regulatory outlook for the industry for 2015 on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 23 at 2 pm.
January 13, 2015
07:58 EDTAETAetna sees 2014 total medical membership exceeding 23.4M member view
Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini will meet with investors and analysts before and after a presentation at the 2015 J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference and report that the company projects that its year-end 2014 total medical membership will exceed its previously disclosed projection of approximately 23.4M members, Aetna disclosed. Bertolini will also report that, based on results of the Medicare Annual Election Period and the Individual Public Health Insurance Exchange open enrollment period to date, Aetna projects that its 1Q15 Medicare Advantage and Individual Public Exchange membership will exceed its previous projections.
07:55 EDTAETAetna backs FY15 operating EPS view of at least $6.90, consensus $7.15
Aetna backs FY15 operating revenue projection of at least $62B, consensus $62.55B.
07:54 EDTAETAetna reaffirms FY14 operating EPS at high-end of $6.60-$6.70, consensus $6.68
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06:36 EDTAETAetna to increase wages for lowest-paid workers, WSJ reports
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