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  1. UnitedHealth vows to bring back Change Healthcare stronger than before hack

    UnitedHealth Group plans to bring Change Healthcare back stronger than it was before it suffered the largest cyberattack in the history of the U.S. healthcare system. 
  2. Medicare Advantage costs begin to stabilize, UnitedHealth says

    Rising medical cost trends aren't going down, but they are stabilizing, UnitedHealth Group executives say. 
  3. UnitedHealth posts $1.4B loss in Q1 following Change cyberattack

    UnitedHealth Group posted a $1.4 billion net loss in the first quarter of 2024 following the sale of its Brazil operations and the unprecedented cyberattack on its Change Healthcare subsidiary in late February. Despite the losses, the company beat investor expectations and shares rose more than 6% to above $474, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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  1. L.A. Care CEO to retire

    The CEO of the largest publicly operated health plan will retire at the end of 2024. 
  2. Blue Shield of California's virtual-first health plan: 6 key numbers

    Blue Shield of California launched its virtual-first health plan in partnership with Accolade and TeleMed2U in January 2023.
  3. Cigna's Evernorth to build new innovation hub in Ireland 

    Cigna's Evernorth Health Services is building a new innovation hub in Galway, Ireland.
  4. CMS delays implementation of new Medicare, Medicaid data rules

    CMS will delay implementation of new policies designed to heighten security around Medicare and Medicaid data that drew criticism from researchers. 

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  1. Vermont providers, BCBS Vermont at odds over prior authorization bill

    Vermont providers are pushing for the passage of a state bill that aims to reform the prior authorization process, while Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont has raised concerns that the proposal could cause rates to rise. 
  2. Elevance Health strikes primary care deal with private equity firm

    Elevance Health will enter a partnership with private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice to develop advanced primary care models. 
  3. Blue Cross Blue Shield in the headlines: 5 updates

    From new university partnerships to the launch of reproductive care teams, these are five key updates about Blue Cross Blue Shield companies recently reported by Becker's:
  4. Florida to award 5 Medicaid contracts

    Florida intends to award contracts to five organizations to administer its Medicaid managed care program, which provides health coverage to more than 3.4 million people, per Florida Politics.

How one Midwest hospital is driving financial efficiency with interconnected systems

Major time savers can stem from single logins. That's how 1 hospital achieved a 50% reduction in month-end close time — read the short case study, here.
  1. AHIP criticizes hospital lobby's response to Change hack

    AHIP's chief executive criticized the hospital lobby's response to the Change Healthcare cyberattack as "opportunistic" and "maintaining the status quo."
  2. 1 in 4 of those disenrolled from Medicaid are uninsured: 5 things to know

    Around 1 in 4 Medicaid beneficiaries disenrolled during the redeterminations process are now uninsured, according to a survey from KFF. 
  3. Feds investigating if Sentara's payer arm unfairly increased premiums

    The Justice Department is investigating whether Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Health's insurance arm unfairly increased premiums in 2018 and 2019 as it received more than $655 million in federal subsidies, The Virginian-Pilot reported April 9. 
  4. Florida Blue names west market president

    Florida Blue has named Phillip Lee as market president for West Florida. 
  5. Insurers fall short on digital experience: 3 things to know

    Health insurance lags behind other industries when it comes to customers' experiences with digital platforms, according to a report from J.D. Power. 
  6. BCBS Louisiana tells employees to come back to the office

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana is asking its employees to return to the office after four years of remote work, reported April 11. 
  7. Elevance Health to acquire New York Medicaid plan

    Elevance Health plans to acquire Centers Plan for Healthy Living, a New York-based Medicaid long-term care plan. 
  8. BCBS of Rhode Island reports $26M operating loss in 2023

    Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island reported a $26 million operating loss in 2023, which it said reflected a "substantial surge in medical and pharmacy claims."
  9. UnitedHealth chairman, executives sold stock before probe became public: Bloomberg

    Bloomberg reported April 11 that UnitedHealth Group's chairman and three of the company's executives made a combined $101.5 million from stock sales made over a four-month period leading up to the public becoming aware of a Justice Department antitrust investigation. 

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