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August 4, 2014
16:53 EDTCYHCommunity Health resolves Department of Justice investigation for more than $88M
Community Health Systems announced that it has resolved the investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice into short stay admissions through emergency departments at certain affiliated hospitals. The parties have entered into a settlement agreement, which concludes the government’s review into whether these 119 hospitals billed Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE for certain inpatient admissions from January 2005 to December 2010 that the government believed should have been billed as outpatient or observation cases. The settlement agreement reflects the company’s desire to end the investigation, which began in 2011, and to avoid the significant expense and distraction of litigation. Under the terms of the agreement, there is no finding of improper conduct by Community Health Systems or its affiliated hospitals, and the company has denied any wrongdoing. The company has agreed to pay $88.26M in resolution of all federal government claims, including Medicare, TRICARE and the federal share of the Medicaid claims, and an additional $892.5K to the states for their portions of the Medicaid claims. The settlement agreement does not cover current government investigations into certain hospitals formerly affiliated with HMA, which were initiated before Community Health Systems’ acquisition of HMA in January. The company continues to cooperate with the government and is working to bring resolution to these investigations. The settlement also resolves the government’s investigation into a CHS-affiliated hospital in Laredo, Texas. The government’s review in Laredo centered on whether the hospital submitted claims for inpatient procedures that should have been billed as outpatient procedures as well as the financial relationship between the hospital and a member of its medical staff. The hospital has agreed to pay $9M to resolve this investigation. The company previously established a $102M reserve to cover these settlements and related legal costs.
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June 29, 2015
10:09 EDTCYHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:20 EDTCYHCommunity Health upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
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June 26, 2015
16:32 EDTCYHStocks end week lower with Greece still searching for deal
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10:14 EDTCYHOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTCYHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARM Holdings (ARMH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Apogee Enterprises (APOG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Atlas Resource Partners (ARP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... China Cord Blood (CO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Citizens Financial (CFG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Community Health (CYH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Eagle Bancorp (EGBN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Fifth Street Senior (FSFR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... FireEye (FEYE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Insight Enterprises (NSIT) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... SYNNEX (SNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Swatch Group (SWGAY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Target (TGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Zoetis (ZTS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital.
10:00 EDTCYHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:37 EDTCYHLargest overhang removed from hospitals, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer says that the Supreme Court's Smith versus Burwell decision removed the largest overhang facing the hospitals. The firm says that the group has a "clear outlook and strong fundamentals." It recommends that investors continue to buy Community Health and HCA (HCA). Oppenheimer raised its price target on Community Health to $82 from $60 and on HCA to $102 from $87.
07:22 EDTCYHHospital multiples should go higher, says Jefferies
Jefferies expects the multiples of Hospital stocks to go higher following yesterday’s Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act subsidies. The firm expects the gap between Hospital valuations and those of its healthcare services peers to now narrow. It raised its price target for Community Health (CYH) to $79 from $65, for HCA Holdings (HCA) to $108 from $95 and for Tenet (THC) to $70 from $63. Jefferies keeps Buy ratings on all three names. Wells Fargo this morning upgraded all three stocks to Outperform.
06:41 EDTCYHCommunity Health upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
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06:30 EDTCYHCommunity Health downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
05:31 EDTCYHWells Fargo upgrades three hospitals following high court ruling
Wells Fargo analyst Gary Lieberman upgraded HCA Holdings (HCA), Tenet (Tenet) and Community Health (CYH) to Outperform from Market citing improved long-term visibility into financial results following the Supreme Court decision in the King vs. Burwell case. Lieberman believes the case is likely the final challenge to the Affordable Care Act and he expects hospitals to close some of the EBITDA multiple gap which exists between them and the broader market. The analyst keeps Market Perform ratings on LifePoint (LPNT) and Universal Health (UHS).
05:27 EDTCYHCommunity Health upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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June 25, 2015
16:23 EDTCYHOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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12:51 EDTCYHOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street opened higher but quickly gave up most of their gains as investors awaited news of a deal being reached between Greece and its creditors. The averages bounced back when the Supreme Court issued its ruling upholding ACA subsidies, sending a number of healthcare linked stocks higher. The market remained in positive ground near noon, but well off its best levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income rose 0.5% in May, matching the consensus expectation, while spending rose 0.9%, topping the expected 0.7% increase. Initial jobless claims were 271,000 in the week ended June 20, versus expectations for 273,000 first-time claims. Markit's services index fell to 54.8 for the flash June reading, versus expectations for a rise to 56.5 from the 56.2 May reading. The Kansas City Fed manufacturing survey for June came in at -9, as expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of hospital operators and health insurers rose after the Supreme Court upheld the legality of subsidies provided under the framework of the Affordable Care Act. The 6 to 3 decision in the Burwell versus King case means that the government can continue to offer subsidies to low income people who purchase health insurance plans on the federal exchange. The plaintiffs in the case had asked the court to strike down such subsidies, saying that the ACA had only allowed the government to subsidize insurance bought on exchanges created by states. In the wake of the ruling, which has been eagerly anticipated, Tenet Healthcare (THC) and Community Health (CYH) both rose more than 14%, while HCA Holdings (HCA) advanced nearly 9%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), which advanced 5% after announcing that its board has approved the pursuit of an initial public offering for The Match Group, which includes dating website Match.com and mobile dating app Tinder. IAC expects Match Group to issue less than 20% of its common stock in the IPO, which is seen being completed during the fourth quarter of this year. Also higher was Magnum Hunter (MHR), which gained 5% after disclosing that it has now determined to pursue the sale by the company of 100% of its current equity ownership interest in Eureka Hunter Holdings. Among the noteworthy losers was World Acceptance (WRLD), which dropped 19% after the company entered into an amendment with its lenders on its revolving credit agreement. FBR Capital downgraded the stock to Market Perform and cut its price target for shares to $73 from $98 afterward, saying restrictive covenants in the latest amendment means free cash flow will now be used to pay down debt rather than buy back stock. Also lower were shares of Cree (CREE), which fell about 11% after the company announced last night that it has decided to restructure its LED Products business to reduce excess capacity and overhead following recent market trends that have resulted in higher LED average selling price erosion than previously forecast. Cree also lowered its Q4 revenue view and issued FY16 revenue guidance that was below the consensus expectation. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.88, or 0.11%, to 17,984.95, the Nasdaq was up 5.87, or 0.11%, to 5,128.29, and the S&P 500 was up 2.18, or 0.1%, to 2,110.76.
11:06 EDTCYHHospitals, insurers climb after Supreme Court rules on ACA subsidies
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10:39 EDTCYHUniversal Health, HCA have most potential upside after ACA ruling, says Leerink
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10:36 EDTCYHCommunity Health volatility up on Obamacare upheld by U.S. Supreme Court
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10:14 EDTCYHHospital stocks jump after Supreme Court upholds 'Obamacare' subsidies
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10:11 EDTCYHACA tax subsidies upheld by Supreme Court
The decision of the Fourth Circuit was affirmed in King v. Burwell by a vote of 6 to 3, according to multiple media reports. The Supreme Court upholding the lower court ruling means that individuals who get health insurance through an exchange established by the federal government will be eligible for tax subsidies in all 50 states. Publicly traded companies in the health insurance space include Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH) and WellCare (WCG). Publicly traded companies in the hospital space include Community Health (CYH), HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS).
June 22, 2015
06:37 EDTCYHHealth insurers may change policies based on King v. Burwell ruling, NYT says
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