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  1. Judge: CVS can depose Cigna CEO in noncompete case

    Cigna CEO David Cordani must sit for a deposition as the company seeks to block a former executive from taking a role with rival CVS Health, a federal judge ruled March 17. 
  2. 8 payers buying, selling office spaces

    Payers are selling and shifting office spaces as employees work in remote or hybrid models. 
  3. 'Frivolous' claims bogging down No Surprises Act judgements, HHS secretary says

    Adjudicators are swamped with No Surprises Act claims, many of them frivolous, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra told the Senate Finance Committee. 

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  1. Senators question HHS Secretary over proposed Medicare Advantage rates

    HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra told the Senate Finance Committee that proposed Medicare Advantage rate changes will not lead to cuts in benefits. 
  2. Centene in the headlines: 10 updates

    From agreeing to pay Indiana and California to settle overbilling allegations, to its chief executive being named among the world's most influential CEOs, here are 10 updates about Centene that Becker's reported since Feb. 8.  
  3. Empty CMS parking lot stirs questions about staff productivity

    Sen. Bill Cassidy, MD, pressed HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on the agency's remote work policies and raised questions around employees' productivity during a Senate Finance Committee hearing March 22.
  4. Payers spending 'buckets of money' lobbying against Medicare Advantage rate changes

    The insurance industry is mounting its largest lobbying fight in years against CMS' proposed Medicare Advantage rate changes, The New York Times reported March 22. 

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  1. As Bright Health falters, executives receive big bonuses and private plane rides

    Despite a complete exit from the ACA market and a major scaling back of Medicare Advantage plans last year, Bright Health Group has awarded its top executives $3.77 million in cash bonuses for their performances in 2022.
  2. Humana in the headlines: 8 recent updates

    Humana's longest serving board member is set to step down, and the company is inking new agreements and winding down its commercial group medical insurance business. 
  3. Startup Curative's 'Netflix-model' insurance expanding in Texas

    Curative, a startup health insurance company, is expanding its offerings to 20 counties in the Austin and San Antonio, Texas, regions. 
  4. Anthem BCBS Connecticut headquarters put up for auction

    The building housing Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield's Connecticut headquarters will be up for auction in April, CTInsider reported March 22. 

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  1. Broussard steps down as chair of Humana Foundation, replacement named

    Humana's President and CEO Bruce Broussard is stepping down as chair of the company's foundation and will be replaced by the company's longest serving board member, David Jones Jr.
  2. UnitedHealth's 20-acre Minnesota headquarters up for lease

    A new tenant could move into UnitedHealth Group's corporate headquarters, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reported March 21. 
  3. DOJ drops appeal challenging UnitedHealth's purchase of Change Healthcare

    The Justice Department is no longer pursuing an appeal to block UnitedHealth Group's $7.8 billion purchase of Change Healthcare that closed in October, Reuters reported March 21. 
  4. Sen. Warren urges FTC to review CVS-Oak Street deal

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren is asking the Federal Trade Commission to review CVS Health's proposed $10.6 billion acquisition of Oak Street Health.
  5. Nonprofit, public hospitals aren't the cheapest places to get a brain scan: study

    For an individual with commercial insurance, nonprofit and publicly-owned hospitals aren't the cheapest places to go for a brain MRI, according to a study published March 21 in JAMA Network Open.
  6. 6 ways states are addressing Medicaid staff shortages

    State Medicaid agencies are facing staff shortages as they prepare to process Medicaid enrollment and eligibility verification for the first time in three years. 
  7. California wants to use Medicaid dollars for housing

    California officials are looking to the federal government to approve a plan that would allow the state's Medicaid program to pay for housing for some Medi-Cal members, the Los Angeles Times reported March 20. 
  8. AHA: High deductible, short-term plans are driving medical debt

    Inadequate insurance coverage is one of the main causes of medical debt, American Hospital Association leaders say. 
  9. Alignment Health names regional presidents

    Alignment Health has tapped two new market presidents. 

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