10 updates on Anthem

Here are 10 updates on Anthem's recent contract negotiations, coverage decisions and partnerships reported by Becker's Hospital Review in the past few months.

1. Indiana hospital, Anthem caught in contract dispute
Contract negotiations between Jasper, Ind.-based Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield have stalled.

2. Anthem reinstates rates for autism treatment after controversy
Anthem is restoring rates for autism therapies in Indiana it decreased in July.

3. Anthem, Georgia health system hit contract snag
Gainesville-based Northeast Georgia Health System and Anthem have hit a contract impasse.

4. Anthem's narrow network in Indiana grows to 45 hospitals            
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has expanded its narrow provider network, HealthSync, to 45 hospitals, the insurer said Sept. 3.

5. MaineHealth's ACO president talks new Medicare Advantage plan with Anthem            
In late August, Portland-based MaineHealth announced plans to create a joint venture with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine.

6. Anthem mistakenly tells patients Virginia provider is out of network: 'It can create a panic,' physician says            
A coding issue led Anthem to mistakenly notify patients in Virginia that their physician was out of network.

7. Kentucky health system to reduce million-dollar 'shock claims' up to 45% under Anthem deal    
St. Elizabeth Healthcare, a five-hospital system in Edgewood, Ky., is voluntarily participating in a new effort launched by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield to lower unexpected, sometimes million-dollar medical bills.

8. Forbes: Is it time for a HCSC-Anthem deal? Recent exec exits raise questions            
Now may be the time for Health Care Service Corp. to consider a merger with some Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans, including Anthem, according to an editorial by Bruce Japsen published in Forbes.

9.Renown Health, Anthem agree on network deal            
Reno, Nev.-based Renown Health and Anthem have reached an in-network agreement.

10. 3 things to know about Anthem's enrollment            
Anthem recorded total medical enrollment of 40.9 million as of June 30, according to a recent earnings release.

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