$HWAY (Healthways Inc.)

$HWAY {{ '2016-07-29T08:57:50+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$HWAY said it closed its strategic assessment that began in October 2015. As a result of assessment, $HWAY has agreed to sell its Total Population Health Services (TPHS) business to Sharecare. The sale also includes $HWAY's two Emerging Solutions businesses, Blue Zones Project by Healthways and Dr. Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease.

$UNH {{ '2018-01-17T18:35:18+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

For 2018, health insurance provider UnitedHealth expects its profits between $16.7-17.3Bil. $UNH expects its premium revenues to reduce $400-500MM due to regulatory changes in Affordable Care Act. The company also plans to invest $200-300MM this year in artificial intelligence, data analytics etc. which would improve its engagement with customers.

$UNH {{ '2018-01-17T18:34:42+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

UnitedHealth's 2017 medical care ratio increased 90 basis points to 82.1% vs. last year. Medical care ratio shows how much money is spent on healthcare from the premiums received by the health insurer. $UNH expects its 2018 medical care ratio to come around 81.5% plus or minus 50 basis points.

$UNH {{ '2018-01-17T18:34:08+0000' | timeago}} • Webcast

UnitedHealth's 4Q profits spiked to $3.62Bil whereas revenue was up 9% to $52.06Bil. $UNH's Health Insurance segment brings in more revenues, but Optum segment contributed more to its profits. Optum's profits were up 22% reaching $2.2Bil in 4Q. For 2017, the company reported a non-cash tax benefit of $1.22 per share due to tax reforms.

$UNH {{ '2018-01-17T13:48:18+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Largest US health insurer UnitedHealth's profits more than doubled in the fourth quarter to $3.61Bil due to tax benefits. $UNH also crossed $200Bil mark in revenues for FY17. The company now expects to save $1.7Bil in FY18 due to tax reforms. For 2018, the health insurer expects GAAP EPS between $11.65-11.95 and non-GAAP EPS between $12.30-12.60.

$AGN {{ '2018-01-17T13:14:16+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AGN and $IRWD reached an agreement with Indian pharma company Sun Pharma to resolve a patent litigation for the generic version of constipation drug Linzess in the U.S. As per the agreement, Sun Pharma will be able to market the generic version of Linzess in the U.S. from Feb. 1, 2031. All the litigations related to Linzess were dismissed.

$HUM {{ '2018-01-16T20:57:20+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

Healthcare company $HUM has appointed Luis Torres Olivera as President, Health and Well-being, for the Puerto Rico Market. Torres Olivera, who joined the company more than a decade ago, has overseen several key projects. He succeeds Earl Harper, who will be retiring at the end of February 2018.

$UNH {{ '2018-01-16T17:58:43+0000' | timeago}} • Infographic

$UNH UnitedHealth Group Incorporated Earnings AlphaGraphic: Q4 2017 Highlights

$MDT {{ '2018-01-16T17:16:57+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MDT received FDA clearance of the Riptide Aspiration System, adding a valuable tool to the Acute Ischemic Stroke (AIS) product portfolio. This is designed to retrieve thrombus (or blood clot) through the Arc Catheter and restore blood flow in patients experiencing blockage of an artery in the brain, known as an ischemic stroke.

$MD {{ '2018-01-10T15:20:12+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$MD announced the acquisition of Tri-Valley Neonatal Medical Group, Inc., a private neonatology physician practice based in California. This was a cash transaction and it is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings. No additional terms of the transaction were disclosed.

$MDT {{ '2018-01-10T14:44:35+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

The FDA has approved an innovative clinician programmer for the SynchroMed-II Intrathecal Drug Delivery system developed by medical technology company $MDT, for chronic pain and spasticity. SynchroMed-II, an implantable pump, delivers medication directly to the fluid around the spinal cord. It is an app that facilitates simple, guided workflows.

$SEM {{ '2018-01-09T18:17:01+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$SEM announced a JV agreement with Banner Health to combine operations of more than 38 physical therapy centers in Arizona and four acute inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in Phoenix. Banner Health will be the majority owner and $SEM will serve as managing partner.

$AGN {{ '2018-01-09T15:46:35+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AGN, which announced its plan to give pink slips to 1,000 of its employees and cut down 400 open positions earlier this year, provided FY18 financial outlook. In 2018, Allergan plans to sell its remaining position of 10% stake in $TEVA through Forward Sale Agreements and/or open market sales.

$CELG {{ '2018-01-08T19:25:23+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CELG announced preliminary results for 4Q17 and FY17. Celgene also provided the outlook for FY18 and reaffirmed FY20 guidance. The company is expected to finalize these results when it announces the earnings results on Jan. 25, 2018.

$SEM {{ '2018-01-08T18:16:59+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$SEM expects consolidated net operating revenues for full year 2018 to be $5-5.2Bil. Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be $630-660MM. $SEM expects fully diluted income per common share for full year 2018 to be $0.97-1.12.

$CELG {{ '2018-01-08T14:00:46+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CELG agreed to acquire start-up firm Impact Biomedicines for an upfront payment of $1.1Bil. Under the deal terms, Celgene will further pay up to $1.25Bil on Impact's cancer drug Fedratinib getting FDA's approvals. If the global annual net sales of the drug exceed $5Bil, Celgene will pay a maximum of $4.5Bil. The deal is expected to close in 1Q18.

$THC {{ '2018-01-05T17:28:17+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$THC and St. Luke’s Hospital, an independent, non-profit healthcare provider, have entered into a definitive agreement for St. Luke’s to purchase Des Peres Hospital as well as Tenet-owned physician practices and other hospital-affiliated operations in St. Louis. The transaction is expected to be completed early in 2018.

$THC {{ '2018-01-04T22:16:28+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$THC and Baylor Scott & White Health plan to restructure their JV arrangements for three North Texas hospitals by spring of 2018. Baylor Scott & White will acquire $THC’s minority interest in Baylor Scott & White - Centennial and Baylor Scott & White - Lake Pointe. Baylor Scott & White - Sunnyvale will become part of Texas Health Ventures Group.

$THC {{ '2017-12-26T17:43:20+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$THC and Baylor Scott & White Health have agreed to sell Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - White Rock, a 218-bed hospital located in Dallas, Texas, to Pipeline Health, LLC. The hospital is part of a JV partnership with Baylor Scott & White Health, in which $THC is the minority owner. The transaction is expected to be completed in 1Q18.

$AGN {{ '2017-12-26T12:22:55+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$AGN said that the Federal Circuit confirmed that a proposed generic version of Combigan eye drug from Sandoz, a unit of $NVS, did not infringe Allergan's two patents. The Federal Circuit also reversed the district court's decision that Sandoz's proposed generic product infringes Allergan's 3rd patent. Allergan plans to file for rehearing within 30 days.

$CELG {{ '2017-12-22T14:11:59+0000' | timeago}} • Announcement

$CELG's cancer drug Revlimid fails to meet the endpoint in the first Phase 3 trial. Celgene said that additional analyses are ongoing and it would present the complete analyzed data in a future medical conference. Revlimid contributed 63% of Celgene's revenue in their recently ended third quarter.

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