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January 23, 2014
05:13 EDTHNTHealth Net, CMS, DHCS complete dual eligible contract for Los Angeles, San Diego
Health Net announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Health Net Community Solutions, has entered into a contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, and the California Department of Health Care Services, or DHCS, for the dual-eligible demonstration in Los Angeles and San Diego counties. Under the terms of the contract, Health Net will provide managed care services in both Los Angeles and San Diego counties under the duals demonstration portion of California’s Coordinated Care Initiative, known as Cal MediConnect. The company expects to begin implementation of its Cal MediConnect coverage in both counties no earlier than April 1. The demonstration is expected to improve care coordination and health outcomes for those who are eligible for both Medi-Cal and Medicare.
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March 5, 2015
07:56 EDTHNTLeerink more bullish on Managed Care after SCOTUS arguments
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March 4, 2015
06:39 EDTHNTNo preparations under way for elimination of some subsidies, NY Times says
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March 3, 2015
07:16 EDTHNTCowen to hold a conference
35th Annual Health Care Conference is being held in Boston on March 2-4 with webcasted company presentations to begin on March 3 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
March 2, 2015
07:20 EDTHNTCowen to hold a conference
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTHNTLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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12:21 EDTHNTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTHNTHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
08:05 EDTHNTCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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