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  • 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.

  • Credit alert! Unpaid medical bills hurt scores Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 2:07 PM ET

    New research from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau concludes that medical bills are unfairly lowering credit scores.

  • AstraZeneca Chair: Shareholders, 'vote me away' Monday, 19 May 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    As AstraZeneca's shares slid following its rejection of Pfizer's new bid, the company's chairman said he was "reasonably confident" it was the right decision.

  • How Obamacare's making a $5.6 billion problem worse Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 2:23 PM ET

    Criminal attacks on health-care providers increased dramatically—up 100 percent since 2010. And Obamacare may make it worse, according to a new study.

  • Managing family care online  Friday, 24 Jan 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    Care.com debuted on the NYSE today, Sheila Lirio Marcelo, Care.com founder & CEO, explains their business of finding and managing family care.

  • Doctors, hospitals brace for Obamacare confusion Wednesday, 1 Jan 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    Hospitals and medical practices are preparing for confusion and hassles as new insurance plans under President Obama's healthcare law take effect.

  • What does the Obamacare 'fix' mean for you? Friday, 15 Nov 2013 | 10:38 AM ET
    An insurance agent helps a woman navigate insurance options.

    President Obama's announcement that health insurance companies don't have to cancel policies will not drastically affect the overall plan. NBC News.

  • No easy answers as Obamacare drops health plans Friday, 1 Nov 2013 | 11:27 AM ET
    Julie Tyrrell, whose existing health care plan will be dropped next year and has had trouble logging into HealthCare.gov, at her home in Phoenix, Ariz., Oct. 31, 2013.

    As millions of Americans come to grips with the loss of health plans under Obamacare, there are no easy answers. Some face higher costs, some lower.

  • Many US hospitals are 'in distress': Pro  Monday, 30 Sep 2013 | 5:20 AM ET

    Sheryl Skolnick, managing director and co-head of research at CRT Capital Group, expects Obamacare to go ahead and discusses the impact it will have on healthcare providers in the U.S.

  • Why Jamie Dimon and Bill Gates have teamed up Tuesday, 24 Sep 2013 | 9:42 AM ET
    Bill Gates

    JPMorgan Chase, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and others have launched an investment fund focused on late-stage healthcare technology trials.

  • The case for knee replacements: They save money Thursday, 22 Aug 2013 | 7:00 AM ET

    Because the surgeries allow people to continue working and earning, they more than offset their average cost, according to a new study.

  • When doctors sell practices, prices go up Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 | 1:12 PM ET

    Patients whose doctors sell their practices to hospitals could see prices rise, at least in the short term, experts say.

  • Surgery patients may not get what they paid for Saturday, 20 Jul 2013 | 9:00 AM ET

    A study of hospitals found a big disparity between official charges for hip- and knee-replacement surgeries, and that high-volume facilities are often the best choice.

  • Insurance Stocks on Life Support? Don't Bet on It Thursday, 4 Jul 2013 | 3:23 PM ET
    Registered nurse JoAnn Brand (L) examines Sham Tavakoli at the Lifelong Medical Marin Adult Day Health Care Center.

    Insurance stocks have a had a solid run, but the delay of employer mandate in the health-care reform law shouldn't derail that for now.