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  • July 21- Kindred Healthcare Inc said it is prepared to buy Gentiva Health Services Inc for $17.25 per share, matching an offer by an unnamed party last week. U.S. hospitals and home healthcare service providers have been hit hard by federal budget spending cuts and lower Medicare insurance reimbursement rates.

  • Kindred says prepared to raise offer for Gentiva Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 5:56 PM ET

    July 21- Kindred Healthcare Inc said it is prepared to acquire Gentiva Health Services Inc for $17.25 per share, matching an offer made by an unnamed party last week. In a letter to Gentiva's board on Monday, Kindred said it could make a raised offer if it was permitted to conduct diligence.

  • July 17- Gentiva Health Services Inc rejected Kindred Healthcare Inc's offer to buy a stake in the home healthcare services provider in favor of a $634.2 million buyout offer from an unnamed party. The offer values Gentiva at about $634.2 million based on the 36.8 million shares outstanding as of March 7.

  • Gentiva gets buyout offer, rejects Kindred's proposal Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    July 17- Gentiva Health Services Inc rejected Kindred Healthcare Inc's offer to buy a stake in the home healthcare services provider in favor of a buyout offer from an unnamed party. Gentiva said it got a $17.25 per share buyout offer from "a recognized owner, operator and investor in the sector" on Thursday.

  • Largest US insurer's move signals industry shift Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 1:24 PM ET

    UnitedHealth Group said Thursday that it will participate in as many as 24 of the law's individual health insurance exchanges in 2015, up from only four this year. But UnitedHealth and other insurers approached them cautiously, in part because they had little information about the health of the people who would sign up.

  • July 17- UnitedHealth Group Inc, after wading cautiously into Obamacare insurance exchanges this year, on Thursday vowed to become a major player, participating in as many as two dozen state exchanges in 2015 and growing from there.

  • Midday Glance: Managed Care companies Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 2:54 PM ET

    Cigna Corp. fell$. 01 or percent, to $94.05. Humana Inc. fell$. 67 or. 5 percent, to $127.97. UnitedHealth Group fell$. 34 or. 4 percent, to $83.56.

  • Early Glance: Managed Care companies Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    Cigna Corp. fell$. 02 or percent, to $94.03. Humana Inc. fell$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $128.56. UnitedHealth Group fell$. 27 or. 3 percent, to $83.63.

  • Millennials embrace alternative medicine Tuesday, 15 Jul 2014 | 10:34 AM ET

    Most millennials use alternative medicine to maintain wellbeing rather than cure existing sicknesses. The Fiscal Times reports.

  • July 14- Kindred Healthcare Inc raised its hostile bid for a stake in Gentiva Health Services Inc, stepping up its pursuit of the home healthcare services provided by Gentiva to an aging U.S. population.

  • Midday Glance: Managed Care companies Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    Cigna Corp. rose $1.28 or 1.4 percent, to $94.64. Humana Inc. rose$. 42 or. 3 percent, to $127.82. UnitedHealth Group rose $1.55 or 1.9 percent, to $84.42.

  • Early Glance: Managed Care companies Monday, 14 Jul 2014 | 10:47 AM ET

    Cigna Corp. rose$. 97 or 1.0 percent, to $94.33. Humana Inc. rose$. 98 or. 8 percent, to $128.38. UnitedHealth Group rose $1.60 or 1.9 percent, to $84.47.

  • July 14- Hospital operator Kindred Healthcare Inc raised its offer for Gentiva Health Services Inc to $16 per share, valuing the home healthcare services provider at about $2.53 billion. The sweetened offer represents a premium of 87 percent to Gentiva's May 14 close, a day before Kindred made public its offer of $14 per share.

  • Midday Glance: Managed Care companies Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    Cigna Corp. rose$. 97 or 1.1 percent, to $93.27. Humana Inc. rose$. 16 or. 1 percent, to $127.24. UnitedHealth Group rose$. 54 or. 7 percent, to $82.62.

  • Early Glance: Managed Care companies Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    Cigna Corp. rose$. 21 or. 2 percent, to $92.51. Humana Inc. fell$. 21 or. 2 percent, to $126.87. UnitedHealth Group fell$. 01 or percent, to $82.07.

  • Midday Glance: Managed Care companies Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    Cigna Corp. rose$. 24 or. 3 percent, to $92.76. Humana Inc. fell$. 35 or. 3 percent, to $127.35. UnitedHealth Group fell$. 53 or. 6 percent, to $82.21.

  • Early Glance: Managed Care companies Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    Cigna Corp. fell$. 45 or. 5 percent, to $92.07. Humana Inc. fell$. 64 or. 5 percent, to $127.07. UnitedHealth Group fell $1.19 or 1.4 percent, to $81.55.

  • NY awards $462M to help hospitals keep services Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 10:16 AM ET

    The funds followed a federal agreement in April for New York to reinvest $8 billion in Medicaid savings to support hospital overhauls and expand primary medical care over five years.

  • Tenet adds Saint Mary's to acquisition plans Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 5:20 AM ET

    WATERBURY, Conn.— Tenet Healthcare, which already is seeking to purchase a majority share of Waterbury Hospital, has announced plans to acquire Saint Mary's Hospital as well. Chad Wable, Saint Mary's president, tells the Republican-American newspaper the two hospitals would remain independent, but would share resources and services.

  • Superbug weapon has 'yuck factor' but big promise Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 11:02 AM ET
    Clostridium difficile Color Enhanced, SEM. C. difficile is an anaerobic spore forming bacteria that can cause an infection of the bowel (diarrhea) the bacterium produces two toxins which are responsible for the diarrhea and which damage the cells lining the bowel. In this image the bacterium is diagonal with spores present.

    An unconventional but effective treatment against a deadly superbug is raising worries about a possible black market.