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February 24, 2014
09:47 EDTHUMHumana says evaluating changes detailed in CMS Medicare Advantage notice
Humana stated in a regulatory filing that on Friday, February 21, after the stock market close, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued its Advance Notice detailing preliminary 2015 Medicare Advantage benchmark payment rates. CMS has invited public comment on these preliminary rates before releasing final rates on April 7. In the company’s earnings release call for Q4 held on February 5, the company discussed that it anticipated the Advance Notice would result in a decline in Medicare Advantage funding of 6%-7% for 2015, including the impact of the industry fee. "Based upon the 2015 Advance Notice, these same factors as well as the potential impact of CMS’s proposed changes to the calculation of Fee-for-Service, or FFS, costs are now expected to result in a funding decline for 2015 of 3.5%-4.0%," Humana said. The Advance Notice also proposes changes associated with enrollee risk assessments that would potentially result in additional significant funding declines. Humana will be providing comments to CMS in support of this critical program. Humana said, "The company is continuing to evaluate the changes detailed in the Advance Notice and the related impact company-wide and by geography. Further, Humana is closely analyzing all operational avenues to address the 2015 preliminary rates and the related impacts upon the company’s Medicare membership and its earnings for 2015. Humana is committed to providing quality care and service to its members through the Medicare Advantage program. The company will be drawing upon its program expertise to comment on the impact of these preliminary rate changes upon beneficiaries as it provides comments to CMS."
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December 17, 2014
10:51 EDTHUMLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte provides outlook and favorite names for 2015 in the Hospitals and Managed Care Industry on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 18 at 1 pm.
December 15, 2014
09:01 EDTHUMHumana appoints Cynthia Zipperle as Chief Accounting Officer
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December 12, 2014
13:52 EDTHUMLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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December 10, 2014
14:45 EDTHUMDeal would block payments to health insurance companies, The Hill says
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10:56 EDTHUMSaint Luke's enters into agreement with Humana
Saint Luke’s Health System and Humana announced an agreement through which Humana will offer a new health insurance plan to Missourians purchasing insurance through the Missouri Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as an exchange.
December 5, 2014
09:41 EDTHUMHumana price target raised to $175 from $160 at Leerink
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08:01 EDTHUMWeight Watchers enters healthcare partnership with Humana
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06:58 EDTHUMHumana price target raised to $160 from $145 at Cantor
Cantor increased its price target on Humana as the firm expects Medicare and Medicaid enrollment to remain strong in 2014-15. The firm thinks the company is well-positioned to benefit from this trend, and it keeps a Buy rating on the shares.

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