WellCare may be in talks with Ascension Health, says Leerink Leerink notes that according to Modern Healthcare, not-for-profit Hospital and Health system Ascension Health referred to being in talks on a possible deal with an unnamed 18-state health insurer. Leerink believes the unnamed insurer is most likely WellCare (WCG), which is in 18 states with Managed Medicaid and Medicare Advantage. The firm thinks Centene (CNC) is also a possibility. Leerink says it is more positive on shares of WellCare and Centene as it believes any deal could catalyze more Hospital-Health plan transactions. Shares of WellCare and Centene are moving higher in early trading.
Leerink 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.