"The consequence of this forced O-T-C shift along with other NSAs that WellPoint
has petitioned on would be to eliminate the insurance coverage for the entire class of nonsedating antihistamines, reduce allergy patient contact with their physicians and most likely encourage considerable numbers of allergy patients to choose cheaper sedating antihistamines," NCL president Linda Golodner warned in a letter last month to the FDA.
Healthways will work with WellPoint
's network of participating facilities and providers to help them become certified, approved providers of the Ornish Program.
Upon completion, WellPoint
will serve over 4.5m beneficiaries of state-sponsored health care programmes, while its combined Medicaid presence will cover more than 19 states.
The funds raised are seen to be deployed for WellPoint
's takeover of CareMore Health Group, paying down senior notes due 2012 and covering general corporate needs.
noted it had also closed the sale of eye glasses business, glasses.com, to Italian eyewear manufacturer Luxottica Group SpA (BIT:LUX).
is using the Watson insurance application in four states and plans to sell both applications under a contract with IBM, the Associated Press reported.
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After news of the settlement broke, however, WellPoint
lowered its full-year profit forecast by 8 cents per share in a regulatory filing, and is now expected to post 2012 earnings of $7.57 per share--down 8 cents from its prior forecast and less than the $7.78 average Wall Street estimate.
, which operates Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in 14 states, will increase payments to primary care physicians for specific services and begin to pay for certain "nonvisit" services, such as developing care plans for patients with multiple and complex conditions.
IBM and WellPoint
, which is Blue Cross Blue Shield's largest health plan, are building applications that will essentially turn the Watson computer into an adviser for oncologists at Cedars-Sinai's Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute in Los Angeles, according to Steve Gold, director of worldwide marketing for IBM Watson Solutions.
players earlier this year, is now going to work for WellPoint