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  • July 29- Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the United States, on Wednesday said the cost of potent new cholesterol drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors could "wreak financial havoc" among its clients. U.S. regulators on Friday approved the first of the new medicines, Praluent from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc and Sanofi SA.

  • July 29- Health insurer Anthem Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by strong enrollments in its government business, particularly Medicaid. Managed care companies that sell government-sponsored plans for the under-insured or uninsured have benefited from the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, boosting revenue in that...

  • July 28- Health insurer Centene Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and said it would consider buying the Medicare Advantage plans its rivals are likely to divest during the current phase of consolidation in the managed care industry. Anthem Inc said last week that it would buy Cigna Corp for about $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S....

  • Planned Parenthood in hot water Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 AM ET
    Planned Parenthood in hot water

    Planned Parenthood investigates a possible data hack; faces funding fight on Capitol Hill.

  • July 27- Real estate investment trust Medical Properties Trust Inc said on Monday it would buy privately held Capella Holdings Inc, owner of hospital operator Capella Healthcare Inc, for $900 million in cash. Birmingham, Alabama- based Medical Properties Trust said the deal consists of a $600 million investment in Capella's real estate and about $300 million...

  • July 27- Real estate investment trust Medical Properties Trust Inc said it would buy privately held Capella Holdings Inc, owner of hospital operator Capella Healthcare Inc, for $900 million in cash. Birmingham, Alabama- based Medical Properties said the deal value will comprise of a $600 million investment in Capella's real estate and an investment of about...

  • COLUMN-Add bite to your retirement dental plan Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    Retirees transitioning to Medicare are often surprised to learn that the program does not cover routine dental care or more complex procedures. But most seniors just pay for dental care out of pocket- the mean expense for Americans age 65 and older was $870 in 2012, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a research arm of the U.S. Department...

  • July 3- A medical transport helicopter crashed during a take-off on Friday in Colorado, killing the pilot and seriously injuring two others on board, authorities said. The Flight for Life Helicopter was taking off early afternoon from St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, about 70 miles west of Denver, when it crashed, according to Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue...

  • Pfizer Inc, the largest U.S. drugmaker, for example reported more than $234.2 million in research payments and another $53.3 million in general payments. John Diliberti, a pediatric geneticist from Illinois, collected nearly $447,000 from Pfizer in consulting fees last year, the biggest single payment to an individual doctor by the drugmaker.

  • TORONTO, June 29- A CIBC Wood Gundy investment adviser is pushing Extendicare Inc, a Canadian operator of senior care centers, to pay a special dividend of at least C $100 million and make other changes following the sale of its U.S. business. Markham, Ontario- based Extendicare has been narrowing its geographic focus to long-term senior care centers in Canada.

  • NEW YORK, June 25- The U.S. hospital and health insurance industries breathed a collective sigh of relief on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld subsidies for individuals under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Health economists have estimated $15 billion to $22 billion in healthcare spending was at risk with the decision.

  • NEW YORK, June 25- The U.S. hospital industry breathed a collective sigh of relief on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld subsidies for individuals under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Among hospitals, shares of Community Health Systems were up 12.8 percent at $62.33, while shares of HCA Holdings rose 8.7 percent to $90.61 and Tenet...

  • NEW YORK, June 25- U.S. hospital shares surged, with several hitting all-time highs, and other healthcare names rallied on Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld tax subsidies key to President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. Among hospitals, shares of Community Health Systems were up 9.3 percent at $60.44 after earlier touching a record high of...

  • Are India's medical schools broken? Tuesday, 16 Jun 2015 | 8:37 PM ET

    India's system for training doctors is plagued by fraud and unprofessional teaching practices, worsening public health issues, Reuters reports.

  • June 11- HealthSouth Corp said it would buy a private rehabilitation hospital operator for $730 million in cash to expand its post-acute care business into new markets. The acquisition of Reliant Hospital Partners will strengthen HealthSouth's position in the Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin, Texas markets, while giving it new locations in Abilene,...

  • HealthSouth to buy rehab hospital operator for $730 mln Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 8:14 AM ET

    June 11- Post-acute care service provider HealthSouth Corp said it would buy a private rehabilitation hospitals operator for $730 million in cash. Reliant Hospital Partners LLC operates a portfolio of 11 in-patient rehabilitation hospitals in Texas, Massachusetts and Ohio, and three in-patient satellite locations in Massachusetts with a total of 902...

  • WASHINGTON, June 10- The U.S. economy was probably not as weak as has been reported in the first quarter, with data on Wednesday showing slightly stronger consumer spending than previously estimated. The Commerce Department's quarterly services survey, or QSS, showed consumption, including healthcare spending, increased at a faster clip than the government...

  • Renee Hsia of the University of California, San Francisco, who has studied hospital charges but was not involved in this research. "That results in higher premiums for auto insurance and for employers who pay into workers' comp," said study co-author Ge Bai of Washington& Lee University. She and Gerard Anderson of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health...

  • NEW YORK, June 8- A study released on Monday found that the 50 priciest U.S. hospitals charged some patients more than 1,000 percent of what Medicare considers the cost of procedures. North Okaloosa Medical Center 1,260%. Paul B Hall Regional Medical Center 1,250%.

  • SHANGHAI, June 5- China will allow patients to claim medical insurance for visits to private hospitals, its main administrative authority said, marking the latest move from Beijing to ease pressure on the country's over-burdened public healthcare system. "In order to satisfy everyone's diverse healthcare needs, we are lowering the threshold for private...