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January 15, 2014
11:27 EDTCINew York AG says Cigna to pay $23K in claims settlement
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that his office has reached a settlement with Cigna, requiring the health insurer to reprocess and pay hundreds of claims for nutritional counseling for mental health conditions, in particular eating disorders, to members it said were wrongfully denied those benefits. Pursuant to the settlement, Cigna has agreed to eliminate the three-visit cap for mental health conditions and to reprocess and pay members whose claims were denied due to the limit, totaling approximately $33,000. Cigna will also conduct in-service training for its claim and clinical review staff regarding the removal of visit limits for nutritional counseling prescribed for mental health disorders. Under the settlement, Cigna will also pay $23,000 to the OAG as a civil penalty.
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February 10, 2016
07:15 EDTCILeerink to hold a conference
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February 9, 2016
12:15 EDTCIAddus HomeCare served with 'whistleblower' suit over referrals
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February 8, 2016
09:38 EDTCICigna enters into outcomes-based contract with Novartis
Cigna (CI) has entered into an outcomes-based contract with the pharmaceutical company Novartis (NVS) for the drug Entresto, which was approved by the FDA for the treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. The pay-for-performance agreement ties the financial terms to how well the drug improves the relative health of Cigna's customers. The primary metric is reduction in the proportion of customers with heart failure hospitalizations. This agreement is effective for Cigna's commercial business. Entresto is a preferred brand subject to prior authorization review. The prior authorization process is part of utilization management to help control prescription drug costs and ensure coverage of the most appropriate drug therapies.
February 7, 2016
14:45 EDTCILeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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February 4, 2016
06:16 EDTCICigna reports Q4-end Commercial customers 14.43M, Government customers 567K
Reports Q4 Total Commercial medical care ratio of 80.4%, Total Government medical care ratio of 83.1%. Full year medical cost trend for our total U.S. Commercial book of business was approximately 5% and reflects continued favorable medical costs, physician engagement and low utilization trend.
06:15 EDTCICigna unlikely to make further share repurchases in 2016
Cites the pending combination with Anthem.
06:03 EDTCICigna sees FY16 adjusted EPS $8.85-$9.25, consensus $9.30
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06:02 EDTCICigna reports Q4-end global medical customers 14.99M
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06:01 EDTCICigna reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.87, consensus $1.80
Reports Q4 revenue $9.53B, consensus $9.52B.
February 3, 2016
14:48 EDTCINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Philip Morris (PM), consensus 81c... AstraZeneca (AZN), consensus 88c... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus (12c)... ConocoPhillips (COP), consensus (65c)... Cigna (CI), consensus $1.80... Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), consensus $3.01... Boston Scientific (BSX), consensus 25c... Charter Communications (CHTR), consensus (12c)... Ralph Lauren (RL), consensus $2.13... Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), consensus 50c... GrubHub (GRUB), consensus 14c... Level 3 (LVLT), consensus 53c... AmerisourceBergen (ABC), consensus $1.25... Cummins (CMI), consensus $2.11.
06:55 EDTCICigna volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Cigna February call option implied volatility is at 28, March is at 29 ; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 39, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 4.

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