Healthways and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Reach Settlement Agreement
Healthways (NASDAQ: HWAY) today announced an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (“BCBSMN”) resolving a former contractual dispute.
Under the terms of the settlement agreement, Healthways will pay BCBSMN in two separate installments: $4 million by the end of April 2014 and $5.5 million in January 2015. BCBSMN has an option to receive discounts on Healthways well-being improvement services in lieu of the January 2015 payment.
As a result of the settlement agreement, Healthways will incur a charge of $9.4 million, or approximately $0.17 per share after tax, in the Company's first-quarter 2014 financial results. Healthways' lenders have agreed to exclude the $9.4 million charge from debt covenant calculations under the Company's Senior Credit Facilities.
The $9.4 million charge was not a component of the Company's 2014 financial guidance provided as part of its February 2014 earnings release and conference call. The Company is today affirming its 2014 financial guidance as issued and discussed on February 13, 2014, excluding the impact of the $9.4 million settlement charge.
The dispute was related to a contract between BCBSMN and Healthways that was in effect from 2001 to 2008. Healthways and BCBSMN engaged in a contractually specified binding arbitration process leading to a hearing in October 2013 and the companies then jointly requested that the arbitrator not issue any award or decision, after which the companies engaged in settlement and business discussions.
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