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  1. Bright HealthCare, NeueHealth name new CEOs

    Bloomington, Minn.-based Bright Health Group has named Michael Carson as CEO of Bright HealthCare and Jeff Cook as CEO of the value-based line NeueHealth. The two will both start in June and report to CEO Mike Mikan.
  2. BCBS Massachusetts creates minority business incubator program

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has launched the Health Equity Business Accelerator, a program that provides financial, strategic and mentorship support to founders of color focused on creating equitable healthcare services and solutions. 
  3. AHIP releases legislative, regulatory policy guide aimed at addressing care access and cost 

    America's Health Insurance Plans launched Healthier People through Healthier Markets on May 17, a new policy guide with proposed solutions aimed at improving healthcare affordability and access. 

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  1. UnitedHealth's 2022 Senior Health Report: 10 things to know

    Drug deaths among seniors have doubled over the last decade, but a record number received flu vaccines in 2020, according to the United Health Foundation's 10th annual "America's Health Rankings Senior Report."
  2. U of Maryland provider pays nearly $300K to settle false claims allegations

    University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is paying $300,000 to settle charges that it submitted false claims to Medicaid for radiation therapy and diagnostic services. 
  3. Ohio Medicaid director owned stock in companies she awarded contracts to

    Ohio Medicaid Director Maureen Corcoran owned at least $1,000 worth of stock in three healthcare companies in 2021, the same year she negotiated and signed billion-dollar contracts with their subsidiaries, the Ohio Capital Journal reported May 17. 
  4. Biden administration considering IVF coverage requirement, fertility definition change

    Some health plans may soon be federally required to cover fertility treatments for members, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, according to Bloomberg Law.

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  1. Rhode Island redoing Medicaid contract process after Tufts misses deadline, BCBS submits empty bid

    Rhode Island is starting over with its $7 billion Medicaid contract bidding process after a series of snafus excluded some of the state's largest payers, according to WPRI.  
  2. Americans 'out of sync' with retirement healthcare costs, report finds

    Americans will need seven times more than they expect to pay for healthcare costs in retirement, according to a May 16 report from Fidelity Investments. 
  3. It’s Time To Go Digital With Your Payments: Here’s Why

    Electronic claim payment trends all point to one dynamic: faster turnaround.
  4. Central Maine Healthcare, Aetna update contract

    Central Maine Healthcare has reached an agreement with Aetna on hospital and physician services, the Lewiston Sun Journal reported May 16. 

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  1. Lowering Medicare eligibility to 60 would increase federal deficit by $155B, report says

    Lowering Medicare eligibility to 60 would increase the federal deficit by $155 billion between 2026 and 2031, according to a May 16 report from the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation.
  2. Sanders reintroduces single-payer Medicare bill

    Sen. Bernie Sanders and 14 other senators introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2022 on May 12 to create a federally-administered single-payer healthcare system.
  3. States ranked by commercial healthcare spending

    Castlight Health analyzed more than 160 million commercial medical claims nationwide to reveal insights about healthcare utilization patterns from 2018 to 2021. 
  4. BCBS New Mexico taps new chief medical officer

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico has named Latha Raja Shankar, MD, as chief medical officer, the Albuquerque Journal reported May 14.
  5. U of Vermont Health Network, UnitedHealthcare still working on deal

    The University of Vermont Health Network and UnitedHealthcare have again extended their current contract, this time through May 27, VTDigger reported May 13. 
  6. 2 more former NFL stars plead guilty to defrauding health plan

    Former NFL athletes Chadwick Slaughter and Fabian Washington have pleaded guilty for their part in a scheme to defraud the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, according to the Texas Department of Insurance.
  7. Viewpoint: 3 letters explain why California's single-payer proposals keep failing

    The letters EDD explain why California's attempts at a single-payer healthcare system keep stalling out, according to California Focus, a syndicated public affairs newspaper column.
  8. Oscar Health concealed COVID-19 financial woes before IPO, investor lawsuit claims

    An Oscar Health stockholder filed a proposed class action May 12 in the Southern District Court of New York, alleging the insurtech company misled investors about financial issues caused by COVID-19 ahead of its initial public offering in March 2021.
  9. 3 states seek reversal of UnitedHealth court win over mental health coverage 

    The attorneys general of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Illinois are asking a federal appellate court to overturn UnitedHealth's win in a mental health coverage case. 

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