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  • HACKENSACK, N.J.— That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Lauren Koniaris, a specialist in pulmonary critical care at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. At Hackensack, a handful of patients at risk for heart failure are asked to use a fitness tracker to count steps walked and flights...

  • Skilled Healthcare meets 4Q profit forecasts Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 5:12 AM ET

    FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. _ Skilled Healthcare Group Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $65,000 in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 14 cents per share. Skilled Healthcare expects full-year earnings in the range of 34 cents to 39 cents per share.

  • LOS ANGELES— An 18- year-old student is one of the seven people infected by a "superbug" outbreak tied to contaminated medical instruments at a Los Angeles hospital, and he is struggling to avoid becoming the third to die, his attorney said. The young man as spent nearly three months in the hospital and is in grave condition after being infected with a potentially...

  • More than 170 patients who may have been infected by the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, are being offered home testing kits that would be analyzed by the University of California at Los Angeles hospital system, UCLA officials said. The UCLA hospital system said an internal investigation determined in late January that CRE may have been...

  • Final Glance: Managed Care companies Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 6:03 PM ET

    Cigna Corp. rose$. 18 or. 2 percent, to $116.19. Humana Inc. fell $2.12 or 1.4 percent, to $153.28. UnitedHealth Group rose$. 26 or. 2 percent, to $110.03.

  • Paul LePage, in his more than $6 billion budget plan, is proposing to allow cities and towns to collect taxes from nonprofits that have properties with at least $500,000 of assessed value. A lobbyist for the Maine Hospital Association, Jeff Austin, said that the measure likely would cost the state's hospitals between $10 million and $20 million a year.

  • Midday Glance: Managed Care companies Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 1:28 PM ET

    Cigna Corp. rose$. 18 or. 2 percent, to $116.19. Humana Inc. fell $1.62 or 1.0 percent, to $153.78. UnitedHealth Group rose$. 16 or. 1 percent, to $109.93.

  • The 179 patients who may have been infected by the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae are being offered home testing kits that would be analyzed by the University of California, Los Angeles, hospital system, UCLA officials said. "The two scopes involved with the infection were immediately removed, and UCLA is now utilizing a decontamination process...

  • UCLA is offering those patients free home testing kits that it will later analyze. UCLA said the bacteria might have spread during procedures that used a specialized endoscope inserted down the throat to diagnose and treat pancreas and bile duct diseases. The Los Angeles Times reported that the outbreak occurred at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center.

  • Early Glance: Managed Care companies Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 10:51 AM ET

    Cigna Corp. rose$. 36 or. 3 percent, to $116.37. Humana Inc. fell$. 91 or. 6 percent, to $154.49. UnitedHealth Group fell$. 13 or. 1 percent, to $109.64.

  • LOS ANGELES— A "superbug" outbreak suspected in the deaths of two Los Angeles hospital patients is raising disturbing questions about the design of a hard-to-clean medical instrument used on more than half a million people in the U.S. every year. At least seven people— two of whom died— have been infected with a potentially lethal, antibiotic-resistant strain of...

  • Final Glance: Managed Care companies Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 6:30 PM ET

    Cigna Corp. rose$. 53 or. 5 percent, to $116.01. Humana Inc. rose$. 54 or. 3 percent, to $155.40. UnitedHealth Group rose$. 01 or percent, to $109.77.

  • Midday Glance: Managed Care companies Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 1:18 PM ET

    Cigna Corp. fell$. 25 or. 2 percent, to $115.23. Humana Inc. rose$. 01 or percent, to $154.87. UnitedHealth Group fell$. 21 or. 2 percent, to $109.56.

  • Early Glance: Managed Care companies Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    Cigna Corp. fell$. 13 or. 1 percent, to $115.35. Humana Inc. rose$. 28 or. 2 percent, to $155.14. UnitedHealth Group rose$. 03 or percent, to $109.79.

  • Simply Healthcare offers Medicare and Medicaid plans in 60 Florida counties. It has 177,000 customers for Medicaid, the state-federal program that covers the poor and disabled people. In late 2012, it completed a $4.46 billion acquisition of Amerigroup Corp., which runs Medicaid coverage in several states.

  • Final Glance: Managed Care companies Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 6:09 PM ET

    Cigna Corp. rose $1.01 or. 9 percent, to $115.48. Humana Inc. rose $2.19 or 1.4 percent, to $154.86. UnitedHealth Group rose$. 32 or. 3 percent, to $109.76.

  • Midday Glance: Managed Care companies Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 1:32 PM ET

    Cigna Corp. rose$. 57 or. 5 percent, to $115.04. Humana Inc. rose $1.30 or. 9 percent, to $153.97. UnitedHealth Group fell$. 15 or. 1 percent, to $109.29.

  • Early Glance: Managed Care companies Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    Cigna Corp. fell$. 16 or. 1 percent, to $114.31. Humana Inc. rose $1.34 or. 9 percent, to $154.01. UnitedHealth Group rose$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $109.52.

  • Feb 11- Drugstore operator Rite Aid Corp agreed to buy pharmacy benefit manager EnvisionRx for about $2 billion, looking to cut drug procurement costs as reimbursement rates fall. Rite Aid's deal comes nearly a decade after larger rival CVS Health Corp bought Caremark Rx for $21 billion, the only other example of a drug chain buying a benefits manager.

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 12- Two state-of-the-art public hospitals in New Delhi are barely operational years after they officially opened- not for lack of funding but because officials did not spend the millions of dollars allocated to treat heart and kidney patients. At the 300- bed Janakpuri Super Speciality Hospital, gleaming marble-floored corridors disappear...