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April 8, 2014
10:18 EDTCI, UNH, WLP, WCG, HUM, HNT, UAM, AETCMS says Medicare Advantage reimbursement to rise in 2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Medicare Advantage and prescription drug rates for 2015. The agency estimated that its payments for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries would rise slightly, versus its previous estimate that such payments would fall. A Medicare Advantage Plan is a type of health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide subscribers with Part A and Part B benefits. WHAT'S NEW: CMS reimbursements for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries will rise 0.4%, CMS estimated, compared to a February proposal that contemplated a 1.9% cut. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, FBR Capital analyst Steven Halper wrote that the final Medicare Advantage rates are a positive for health insurers with significant exposure to such plans. Companies in this category include Aetna (AET), Humana (HUM), and UnitedHealth (UNH), said Halper. He kept Outperform ratings on Aetna and United Health and a Market Perform rating on Humana. Another research firm, Leerink, said it views the "biggest positive" from the final rates that the CMS announced last night as the delay in the proposal to eliminate in home Health Risk Assessments to support reimbursement for high risk seniors. Leerink thinks the final rates are favorable for MA plans and estimates the positive impact in order: Humana, Universal American (UAM), WellCare (WCG), UnitedHealth, Cigna (CI), Aetna, Health Net (HNT) and WellPoint (WLP). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Aetna rose fractionally to $72.70, UnitedHealth lost 0.6% to $80.59, Humana sank 1.8% to $109.95, and Universal American added 2c to $7.16.
News For AET;HUM;UNH;UAM;WCG;CI;HNT;WLP From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2015
18:05 EDTAETAetna in three-year reinsurance arrangement with Vitality Re VI Limited
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January 26, 2015
12:39 EDTWLP, HUM, UNH, HNT, CI, WCG, AETHHS Secretary orders Medicare to change payment method, WSJ says
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09:16 EDTCICigna to acquire QualAlliance Networks, terms not disclosed
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January 22, 2015
08:15 EDTUNHUnitedHealth price target raised to $125 from $115 at Leerink
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January 21, 2015
09:16 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:06 EDTUNHUnitedHealth: Employer & Individual revenues decreased to $43B in 2014
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06:05 EDTUNHUnitedHealth: ACA negatively impacted FY earnings by $1.00 per share
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06:02 EDTUNHUnitedHealth sees FY15 EPS $6.00-$6.25, consensus $6.17
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06:01 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q4 EPS $1.55, consensus $1.50
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January 20, 2015
15:21 EDTUNHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:06 EDTCICitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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13:24 EDTCIGreenlight has new long positions in Citizens, Time Warner, Bloomberg says
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12:57 EDTUNHUnitedHealth volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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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 EDTUNH, UAM, HUM, CI, 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 15, 2015
13:10 EDTUNHUnitedHealth volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:31 EDTUNHUnitedHealth, ProHEALTH announce new collaboration agreement
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