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  • Aug 1- Express Scripts Holding Co, the largest U.S. pharmacy benefit manager, on Friday said it will remove 25 products from its 2015 list of preferred drugs, including anemia treatments Epogen and Aranesp, both sold by Amgen Inc..

  • U.S. hospitals get lift from surge in Medicaid sign-ups Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    CHICAGO, July 31- U.S. hospitals are getting a stronger-than-expected benefit from a new influx of low-income patients whose bills are paid by the government's Medicaid program, raising their profit forecasts as a result.

  • *New offer of $17.25/ shr, higher than Kindred's $16/ shr bid. July 17- Gentiva Health Services Inc rejected Kindred Healthcare Inc's offer to buy a stake in the home healthcare services provider, and said it received a $634.2 million buyout offer from an unnamed party.

  • July 17- Gentiva Health Services Inc rejected Kindred Healthcare Inc's offer to buy a stake in the home healthcare services provider, and said it received 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • July 1- Kindred Healthcare Inc pushed on with its hostile bid for Gentiva Health Services Inc, urging shareholders to ignore the home healthcare provider's board and vote for its $1.7 billion offer by July 16.

  • July 1- Kindred Healthcare Inc on Tuesday urged Gentiva Health Services Inc shareholders to vote for its offer to buy the home healthcare service provider.

  • June 30- Home healthcare service provider Gentiva Health Services Inc said its board had rejected an unsolicited offer from Kindred Healthcare Inc, saying the offer significantly undervalued the company.

  • NEW YORK, June 26- U.S. healthcare companies are winning higher profit forecasts, bucking a wider trend on Wall Street, as pricey new biotech drugs hit the market and insurance enrollment rises under the Affordable Care Act.

  • UPDATE 1-Kindred Healthcare raises offer for Gentiva Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 6:26 PM ET

    June 16- Hospital operator Kindred Healthcare Inc raised its offer for home healthcare services provider Gentiva Health Services Inc to $573 million, a little over three weeks after Gentiva said it adopted a poison pill to counter the hostile bid.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 12- Google Inc's futuristic eyeglasses are finding their way into hospitals and clinics throughout the United States.

  • June 3- Acadia Healthcare Co Inc, which operates psychiatric and substance-abuse clinics, said it would buy Partnerships in Care for about $660 million in cash, to enter the UK market. Partnerships in Care, the second largest provider of inpatient behavioral healthcare services in the UK, had revenue of about $285 million in 2013, Acadia said in a statement.