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December 24, 2012
07:44 EDTMOH, CI, VHS, LPNT, AET, CNC, CVH, HNT, UHS, CYH, HMA, HUM, AGP, UNH, WCG, THC, HCA, HS, WLPHospital 'facility fees' may be targeted in Medicare cost cutting, WP says
As politicians work to cut Medicare costs, hospital "facility fees" may be seen as low-hanging fruit and targeted, according to a Washington Post report. If Medicare stops allowing the fees, private insurers would almost certainly do the same, the report alleged. Reference Link
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March 24, 2015
07:43 EDTHUMDaVita subpoenas have mixed outcomes, says William Blair
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07:41 EDTHUMHumana received DOJ request for information on Medicare
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06:12 EDTWCGWellCare says Chairman David Gallitano will not stand for re-election
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March 23, 2015
16:20 EDTTHCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in relatively quiet fashion and remained that way throughout the session until a sharp selloff in the closing minutes. For most of the day the averages moved in a narrow range, as the Dow broke its streak of consecutive days with triple digit moves. Like stocks, the oil markets had a quiet session that stood out amid the recent volatility in crude prices. A late day drop prevented the major stock indexes from adding to the big gains they'd notched on Friday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's national activity index fell to -0.11 in February, below expectations for a reading of 0.10. Existing home sales rose 1.2% to a 4.88M rate in February, which was below the consensus forecast for them to grow 2% to a 4.92M unit rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kansas City Southern (KSU) declined $9.21, or 7.96%, to $106.48 after the railroad operator lowered its fiscal year revenue guidance to reflect slower year-to-date carload growth primarily from the energy sector, along with a continued deterioration in the value of the Mexican peso against the U.S. dollar and lower fuel surcharge revenues driven by lower WTI prices. The revenue warning appeared to weigh on others in the rail industry as well, with Union Pacific (UNP) falling $4.67, or 3.98%, to $112.78, Norfolk Southern (NSC) dropping $3.87, or 3.5%, to $106.56 and Canadian National (CNI) sliding $1.13, or 1.65%, to $67.24. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was ImmunoGen (IMGN), which gained $1.25, or 16.8%, to $8.69 after Takeda (TKPYY) licensed rights to use the company's antibody drug conjugate technology. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rose $2.45, or 4.94%, to $52.07 after agreeing to combine its short-stay surgery and imaging center assets into a new joint venture with United Surgical Partners International. Tenet will initially own 50.1% of the joint venture and will consolidate its financial results and will have a path to full ownership of USPI over the next five years through a put/call structure, the company noted. Among the noteworthy losers was MEI Pharma (MEIP), which plunged $4.37, or 69.37%, to $1.93 and was downgraded by at least four Wall Street research firms after the combination of Pracinostat and azacitidine showed no difference in the rate of complete remission, the primary endpoint of a Phase II study, compared to azacitidine alone. Also lower were shares of Vertex (VRTX), which fell $5.21, or 3.98%, to $125.79 after reporting data from a study evaluating VX-661 in combination with ivacaftor in cystic fibrosis that JPMorgan said was generally below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow fell 11.61, or 0.06%, to 18,116.04, the Nasdaq lost 15.44, or 0.31%, to 5,010.97, and the S&P 500 dropped 3.68, or 0.17%, to 2,104.42.
16:02 EDTTHCTenet announces partnership with Baylor Scott & White Health
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12:17 EDTHUMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:05 EDTTHCTenet added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
09:07 EDTHUMSelect Medical agrees to acquire Concentra through JV with Welsh Carson
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09:04 EDTHUMHumana to sell Concentra to Select Medical, Welsh Carson for $1.055B in cash
Humana (HUM) has reached a definitive agreement to sell the stock of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Concentra, to MJ Acquisition Corporation, a joint venture between Select Medical Holdings Corporation (SEM), an operator of specialty hospitals and outpatient rehabilitation clinics in the U.S., and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe XII, L.P., a private equity fund, for approximately $1.055B in cash, subject to customary adjustments. Humana acquired Concentra in December 2010. Subsequently, the assets of certain privately-operated Community Based Outpatient Clinics were transferred into Concentra. Additionally, Humana has divested certain Concentra non-core assets over the past four years. The decision to divest Concentra demonstrates the company’s commitment to its previously announced business portfolio review. Humana will continue performing its review of the alignment and return potential of businesses across the organization to ensure each supports the company’s integrated care delivery strategy and earns the appropriate return on invested capital. The Concentra transaction is anticipated to close during the second quarter of 2015 subject to Hart Scott Rodino regulatory clearance and customary closing conditions. Humana anticipates using the net proceeds from the transaction to advance its strategic growth priorities, to fund additional share repurchases under its existing $2 billion authorization and for general corporate purposes. Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as financial advisor to Humana. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP is acting as legal advisor to Humana. Concentra reported revenues for the year ended December 31, 2014 were approximately $1B. Humana anticipates the Concentra divestiture will be slightly dilutive to 2015 EPS excluding any one-time gain expected upon the close of the transaction.
09:02 EDTHUMHumana reiterates FY15 EPS view $8.50-$9.00, concensus $8.87
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09:02 EDTHUMHumana to sell Concentra to Select Medical, Welsh Carson for $1.055B in cash
08:07 EDTHCA, CYH, LPNT, UHS, THCBofA/Merrill healthcare high yield analyst has analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare High Yield Analyst Bland provides an update on the current state of the bond markets and the ability of healthcare providers to utilize debt financing on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 24 at 10 am.
06:04 EDTTHCTenet, United Surgical Partners and Welsh Carson announce new joint venture
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March 22, 2015
20:45 EDTTHCTenet getting close to deal for United Surgical Partners, WSJ says
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March 20, 2015
08:18 EDTCI, CYH, WCG, HCA, THC, HNT, CNC, UHS, UNH, MOH, LPNT, HUM, AETLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and the proposed pay-fors and implications For Healthcare Services on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 11 am.
March 19, 2015
10:12 EDTHNTHealth Net to reaffirm FY15 EPS guidance 'at least' $2.70
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10:05 EDTLPNTLifePoint enters into 10b5-1 trading plan
In a regulatory filing, LifePoint reports that effective March 17, it entered into a trading plan in accordance with Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended, under which the company may repurchase its shares at times when it would not ordinarily be in the market due to the company’s trading policies or possession of material non-public information. This plan has been established pursuant to, and as part of, the company’s stock repurchase program, which is effective through October 1, of which $75M remained available as of March 16. The plan will expire on May 5, unless terminated earlier.
10:02 EDTAETOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:20 EDTAETAetna upgraded at Sterne Agee
As noted earlier, Sterne Agee upgraded Aetna to Buy from Neutral. The firm says that the company is the best-positioned name within the large-cap health plan space , a defensive sector that has little exposure to Europe and reasonable growth prospects, according to the firm.
06:19 EDTAETAetna upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
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