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  1. Anthem BCBS Wisconsin, Ascension extend partnership, ink value-based contract

    Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin and affiliated health plans have signed a multiyear value-based contract with Ascension Wisconsin to extend an in-network partnership between the two organizations.
  2. CVS Health's better-than-expected Q2: 9 notes

    CVS Health raised its earnings outlook, beat investor expectations and saw double-digit revenue growth across most lines of business in the second quarter, according to the company's earnings report published Aug. 3.
  3. Centene board chair to step down

    Centene board chair James Dallas will step down from his role before the company's 2023 stockholder meeting.

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  1. National uninsured rate hit record low this year

    The national uninsured rate reached an all-time low of 8 percent in the first quarter of 2022, according to an HHS report released Aug. 2. 
  2. 8 recently inked payer-provider contracts

    From the end of dispute that went all the way to a state Supreme Court to new value-based payment models, these are eight recently signed contracts Becker's has reported between payers and providers:
  3. Centene terminates work on $775M campus expansion

    Centene is no longer moving forward with the remainder of a $775 million expansion of its corporate campus in Clayton, Mo., according to the St. Louis Business Journal.
  4. Idaho health system launching insurance plan

    Boise, Idaho-based St. Luke's Health System will begin offering its first health plans in 2023 in 20 counties across the state, BoiseDev reported Aug. 2.

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  1. Elevance, Aledade partner to boost value-based care

    Elevance Health is partnering with Aledade to assist independent primary care physicians transition to value-based care. 
  2. How Health Partners Plans fits into new Jefferson Health CEO's vision

    Incoming Jefferson Health CEO Joseph Cacchione, MD, told the Philadelphia Inquirer Aug. 1 that Medicare Advantage will be an important part of any provider-based insurance entity. 
  3. Austin Aetna patients now in network at Texas Children's

    Aetna patients in Austin with Aetna insurance plans are in network with Houston-based Texas Children's Hospital, effective Aug. 1. 
  4. Anthem 'optimistic' it can close deal with Maine hospital before new year

    Anthem said it is optimistic that progress is being made on contract negotiations with Portland-based Maine Medical Center and the sides will reach an agreement by the end of the year, the Portland Press Herald reported Aug. 1. 

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  1. BCBS Tennessee launches educational institute to address need for IT workers

    BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has launched its BlueSky Tennessee Institute, a college degree and training program aimed at fostering new IT talent for the company, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
  2. Health Care Service Corp. expanding Medicare Advantage offerings to 1.1 million people across 5 states 

    Health Care Service Corp. is looking to expand its Medicare Advantage offerings to an additional 1.1 million Medicare-eligible individuals in 150 counties across Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. 
  3. 27 payer exec moves in July

    From a new CEO at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina to restructuring at Humana sparking the search for a new insurance president, these are 27 payer executive moves reported by Becker's in July:
  4. Centene expecting lower Medicare Advantage star ratings this year

    Centene's Medicare Advantage star ratings for 2023 "are going to be disappointing and unacceptable," according to executives during the company's second-quarter earnings call July 26.
  5. Cleveland Clinic, Anthem BCBS agree on new contract

    Cleveland Clinic and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio have reached a deal on a multiyear contract. 
  6. WPS Health Solutions CEO to retire

    WPS Health Solutions President and CEO Mike Hamerlik is retiring in 2023 after leading the company for 10 years. 
  7. Cigna to provide free transport to cooling centers for over 350K Medicare Advantage members

    Cigna will provide free transportation to local cooling centers for Medicare Advantage members nationwide if they have a transportation benefit.
  8. BCBS, U of of Mississippi Medical Center dispute: A timeline

    Four months after Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi went out of network with Jackson-based University of Mississippi Medical Center, the sides have been unable to agree on a new contract, and the dispute now involves a lawsuit alleging a defamatory public relations campaign. 
  9. CMS projects 2% lower Medicare Part D premiums in 2023

    CMS expects monthly premiums under Medicare Part D to decrease 1.8 percent in 2023.

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