Today's Top 20 Stories
  1. 7 recent payer CFO moves

    From Aetna to Blue Shield of California, these are seven payer CFO moves recently reported by Becker's:
  2. 5 recently inked payer-provider contracts

    Aetna, UnitedHealthcare and BCBS Texas have all finalized network provider agreements with health systems since Oct. 31:
  3. Aetna, Lehigh Valley Health Network avoid split, strike new contract

    Aetna and Allentown, Pa.-based Lehigh Valley Health Network have reached a new deal, avoiding a contract split that would have affected thousands of patients, the Morning Call reported Nov. 17. 

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  1. Centene selling Magellan Specialty Health in $750M deal

    Centene is selling Magellan Specialty Health to healthcare administration company Evolent Health in a deal worth up to $750 million. 
  2. Where payers are opening community centers

    More payers are combining customer service and community support in one place, opening centers in the communities they serve. 
  3. More payers adding in-home care, caregiver support to Medicare Advantage plans

    More Medicare Advantage plans will offer in-home support services to enrollees in 2023, according to a new report from the Better Medicare Alliance. 
  4. No Surprises Act protected 9 million patients from surprise bills, new data shows

    The No Surprises Act has prevented 9 million surprise medical bills since January, according to new data from AHIP and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. 

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  1. UnitedHealthcare, WakeMed reach network agreement

    UnitedHealthcare and Raleigh, N.C.-based WakeMed have signed a multi-year contract that restores in-network access for thousands of patients.
  2. How Regence is using biosimilars to cut $37M in annual drug spending 

    Through a comprehensive strategy, Regence has achieved a 95 percent adoption rate of biosimilars among its 3.4 million members.
  3. Startup payer Angle Health expanding to 6 states for 2023

    Angle Health, a startup insurer founded in 2019, is expanding its plan offerings to six states for 2023. 
  4. Centene appoints former American Airlines CIO to board of directors

    Centene named Monte Ford, former CIO at American Airlines, to the company's board of directors. 

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  1. AHIP backs HHS in surprise billing fight with medical groups

    AHIP is backing HHS in a lawsuit over surprise billing arbitration from Texas providers, who have support from the largest associations of providers. 
  2. Security Health Plan names Johns Hopkins finance exec as CFO

    Security Health Plan of Wisconsin has named Chris Buel as CFO and vice president of finance, where he will be responsible for actuarial services and financial leadership.
  3. As Silicon Valley stalls, Optum sees opportunity for talent

    With massive layoffs taking place across big tech, UnitedHealth Group's Optum is looking to grab top talent.
  4. As payers prep for a PHE wind down, most Medicaid beneficiaries don't know coverage will end 

    The expiration of the federal COVID-19 public health emergency will trigger a nationwide Medicaid redetermination process, but most Medicaid members are unaware their health coverage could eventually end — and payers largely aren't getting the word out.
  5. 6 recent payer mental health moves

    Payers are adding new mental health services for members and investing in future technologies for mental healthcare. Here are six mental health moves Becker's has reported since Oct. 5. 
  6. How payers stack up on Medicare Advantage transportation benefits

    Around 4 in 10 Medicare Advantage enrollees receive transportation benefits, according to an analysis from Kaiser Family Foundation. 
  7. OptumRx will keep Humira available as competitors hit the market

    UnitedHealth Group's OptumRx will keep Humira in its drug formulary, in addition to three biosimilar competitors, Bloomberg reported Nov. 15. 
  8. Where Centene has some of its largest government contracts

    Centene is the largest Medicaid managed care organization, serving 15.7 million low-income members nationwide. According to federal policy publication ExecutiveGov, these are some of the company's largest government contracts with details publicly available:
  9. Elevance Health in the headlines: 11 recent updates

    Elevance Health recently declared itself the largest commercial insurer in the U.S, acquired a specialty pharmacy and named a new member to the company's board. 

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