$WCG (WellCare Health Plans, Inc.)

$WCG {{ '2016-08-26T10:48:02+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Managed care health plans provider $WCG said its subsidiary, WellCare of Kentucky, has named William Jones, most recently VP, Payment Integrity and Government Business Operations for Highmark, as State President, effective Aug. 25. Jones will report to Kelly Munson, SVP and Division President, WellCare Health Plans.

$MCK {{ '2017-07-21T16:07:44+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Biologics, a unit of healthcare technology firm $MCK, said it will join the limited distribution network of $PBYI to promote the latter’s kinase inhibitor Nerlynx. The formulation is indicated for treatment of adult patients with early-stage HER2 overexpressed/amplified breast cancer.

$AGN {{ '2017-07-19T15:54:53+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AGN appointed Joseph Boccuzi to its BoD, effective immediately. Boccuzi recently retired as a Partner in the Global Life Sciences, Board and Chief Executive Officer Practices at Spencer Stuart, following 24 years of service with the global executive search and leadership consulting firm.

$UNH {{ '2017-07-18T21:56:14+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

In Optum segment, $UNH is focusing on three key areas for growth; strong sales pipeline of $40Bil, growing YTD sales and backlog. On MedicareAdvantage, the company expects to outperform the market in 2018 with a positive long-term outlook for the industry. $UNH also feels that the return of insurer's fee will be the single largest headwind in 2018.

$UNH {{ '2017-07-18T21:51:39+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

Despite forgoing over $1.8Bil in revenues due to the withdrawal from the ACA individual insurance market and the health insurance tax moratorium, $UNH revenues increased nearly 9% to $40.8Bil. Health insurer also announced that the partnership with AARP will continue through at least 2025 to offer Medicare related products under AARP brand.

$UNH {{ '2017-07-18T21:48:14+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

Health insurance giant $UNH said it served 2.5MM more people in 2Q17 vs. 2Q16, excluding the individual market. The business model of the insurer is focused on addressing the healthcare needs of consumers in areas like group Medicare Advantage, Medicaid programs in emerging markets like Brazil and established markets.

$UNH {{ '2017-07-18T21:45:28+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

$UNH expects its stellar performance in first half to carry forward in the second half of 2017 and into 2018. On a global basis, the insurer serves 139MM people, including 126MM in the United States. UnitedHealth believes it is on target to exceed the $200Bil mark in 2017 for the first time.

$UNH {{ '2017-07-18T14:47:02+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$UNH's 2Q revenues increased approx. 8% crossing $50Bil. The insurer is on target to reach annual revenues of $200Bil for the first time. Total enrollment jumped 3% to 49.5MM people. Medical care ratio (MCR), a key indicator to measure financial health of insurance firms, increased 20 bps reaching 82.2%, in line with industry standards.

$UNH {{ '2017-07-18T14:46:13+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$UNH, the largest health insurer in US, reported stellar results in 2Q17 backed by the growth from its Optum segment. The insurance giant raised its 2017 outlook. $UNH now expects its 2017 GAAP EPS to be $9.20-9.35 and adjusted EPS to be $9.75-9.90. UnitedHealth is the first firm in its industry to report earnings every quarter.

$DGX {{ '2017-07-18T13:54:10+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Medical diagnostics firm $DGX has completed the acquisition of laboratory businesses Med Fusion and Clear Point. They form the basis for Quest’s first national center of excellence in precision diagnostics for oncology. The company is now a preferred provider to several organizations that are formerly owners of one or both of the acquired entities.

$LH {{ '2017-07-18T13:30:08+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Insurance company $LH said its CEO William Hanlon has been appointed as a member of the governing committee of the National Evaluation System for Health Technology Coordinating Center. Hanlon has been focused on early and late-stage clinical development, as a regulatory affairs expert, for the past several years.

$UNH {{ '2017-07-18T12:59:21+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

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$VRX {{ '2017-07-17T14:04:54+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$VRX has entered into an agreement to sell its Obagi Medical Products business for $190MM in cash to Haitong International Zhonghua Finance Acquisition Fund I, L.P. The transaction is expected to close in second half of 2017. $VRX intends to use the proceeds from the sale to permanently repay term loan debt under its Senior Secured Credit Facility.

$MGLN {{ '2017-07-13T12:33:15+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Health care company $MGLN has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Senior Whole Health (SWH) for $400MM cash, inclusive of $10MM contingent payment. $MGLN anticipates paying the purchase price from the proceeds of new debt offerings. The company expects to close the transaction by end of the 1Q18.

$VRTX {{ '2017-07-13T12:31:35+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$VRTX announced that the Italian Medicines Agency has agreed to reimburse ORKAMBI (lumacaftor/ivacaftor), the first medicine to treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis in people ages 12 and older who have two copies of the F508del mutation. Effective immediately, hundreds of eligible patients in Italy will have access to this medicine.

$AMGN {{ '2017-07-13T12:24:26+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AMGN and $AGN announced they will discuss data supporting the ABP 215 Biologics License Application (BLA) with FDA's Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee. ABP 215 is a biosimilar candidate to Avastin (bevacizumab) and is the first bevacizumab biosimilar candidate to be considered by the FDA.

$HUM {{ '2017-07-12T13:21:50+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$HUM and Oscar Health are launching a strategic partnership to offer commercial health insurance to small businesses in a nine-county Nashville, Tenn. area.

$LH {{ '2017-07-11T13:10:40+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$LH and Novant Health agreed to a multi-year extension of their Technical Services Agreement, which was first implemented in 2012. Under the agreement, $LH provides Novant Health with laboratory management services for all Novant Health acute care facilities.

$AGN {{ '2017-07-10T16:14:16+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AGN announced additional results of a prespecified prospective pooled subgroup analysis from the two Phase 3 studies, which evaluated the efficacy and safety of Viberzi to treat the symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

$VRX {{ '2017-07-10T13:27:06+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$VRX pays down $811MM of senior secured term loans using the net proceeds of the sale of Dendreon Pharmaceuticals LLC. The company has now reduced its debt by more than $4.3Bil since the end of 1Q16. $VRX still expects to pay down $5Bil in debt from divestiture proceeds and free cash flow within 18 months of August 2016.

$HQY {{ '2017-07-05T13:36:01+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$HQY, a provider of health saving services, has joined hands with $FIBK, parent company of First Interstate Bank, to transition the latter’s health savings account portfolio to HealthEquity. Under the partnership, HealthEquity will become the custodian for all the current health savings account clients of First Interstate by September 28, 2017.

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