Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. ChenMed names former UnitedHealthcare leader CEO

    Older adult care provider ChenMed has named President Steve Nelson its CEO, effective Feb. 1. 
  2. Georgia lawmaker files bill to ban AI use for health coverage decisions

    A Georgia state lawmaker filed legislation Jan. 9 that would prohibit the use of artificial intelligence technology to determine insurance, health coverage, or public assistance award decisions.
  3. Elevance projects flat Medicare Advantage membership in 2024

    Elevance Health is not expecting its Medicare Advantage membership to grow in 2024. 

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  1. Elevance Health posts $856M profit in fourth quarter

    Elevance Health posted $856 million in net income during the fourth quarter, according to the company's year-end 2023 earnings report published Jan. 24.
  2. Commonwealth Care Alliance names 3 clinical execs

    Commonwealth Care Alliance has named three new senior roles to its clinical health plan division. 
  3. High-deductible plan enrollment shrinks for 1st time since 2013

    Fewer workers were enrolled in high-deductible plans in 2022 than in 2021, the first time enrollment has dipped since 2013, according to an analysis from ValuePenguin published Jan. 22. 
  4. Fallon Health names CEO

    Fallon Health has named Manny Lopes as its new president and CEO, effective July 1.

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  1. HHS reaffirms payers' role in reproductive health access

    HHS announced several new actions to protect and expand access to reproductive health services and reaffirmed the insurance industry's responsibility in maintaining that access. 
  2. Humana sent protected health information to the wrong address

    Humana documents containing protected health information meant for providers were sent to the incorrect address, affecting enrollees in eight states. 
  3. BCBS Massachusetts names chief risk officer

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has promoted Dawn Perry to chief risk and audit officer, senior counsel and vice president. 
  4. Idaho legislator introduces bill that could repeal Medicaid expansion

    A proposed bill in Idaho would repeal Medicaid expansion if the state does not implement work requirements and enrollment limits in the program, Idaho Press reported Jan. 22. 

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  1. How UnitedHealthcare is using price transparency within its fastest growing health plan

    UnitedHealthcare's deductible-free and fastest growing commercial health plan, Surest, is saving money for employers and employees by offering a shoppable healthcare experience.
  2. 4 prior authorization updates

    From the finalization of a rule CMS estimates will save $15 billion over 10 years to the implementation of another, here are four prior authorization updates Becker's has reported on since Dec. 29:
  3. Delaware committee advises against Medicare Advantage for state retirees

    A state committee is recommending Delaware cast aside any plans to provide retired state employees health benefits through Medicare Advantage. 
  4. Cigna's top healthcare trends for 2024

    Cigna is expecting employers to turn their attention to virtual care, social determinants of health and behavioral care in 2024. 
  5. MedPAC mulls standardizing Medicare Advantage supplemental benefits

    The Medicare Payment and Advisory Commission is considering standardizing the supplemental benefits Medicare Advantage insurers can offer, to make it easier for beneficiaries to compare plans. 
  6. 10 payers that lost Medicare Advantage members for 2024

    While overall Medicare Advantage enrollment grew 2.5% during the annual enrollment period, several payers saw their membership decline, according to an analysis published by Baltimore Health Analytics.
  7. 10 providers seeking payer contracting talent

    Ten providers recently posted job listings seeking leaders in payer contracting and relations.
  8. Centene names Medicare CEO

    Centene has named Michael Carson as president and CEO of Wellcare, its Medicare Advantage business. 
  9. Payers ranked by Medicare Advantage enrollment in 2024 

    UnitedHealth is still the largest Medicare Advantage carrier in the country, while CVS Health recorded 15% growth in MA membership during the annual enrollment period, according to an analysis published by Baltimore Health Analytics.

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