Elevance Health in the headlines: 9 recent updates

Elevance Health has faced legal action and hold-ups to proposed acquisitions in August. 

Here are nine stories about Elevance Health and its subsidiaries Becker's has reported since Aug. 11. 

  1. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates in Virginia and Connecticut are rolling out virtual-first health plans for 2024. 

  1. Cincinnati-based Bon Secours Mercy Health is suing Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Virginia for $93 million, alleging the payer owes the health system millions in unpaid claims, according to a lawsuit filed Aug. 28 in a Virginia circuit court. The lawsuit comes in the midst of a dispute over reimbursement rates between the two organizations.On Aug. 22, Anthem filed a cease and desist order against BSMH, alleging the system was improperly denying access to care to Anthem Medicaid beneficiaries. 

  1. CareMore Health, an Elevance Health subsidiary, will rebrand as Carelon Health in January 2024. 

  1. Elevance Health was one of 40 health insurers and health systems with health plans named to Forbes' 2023 list of Best Employers by State. The payer was named a top employer in Kentucky and New Hampshire. 

  1. The use of specialty medications is on the rise, and CarelonRx's leaders don't see that trend slowing.

  1. Three Louisiana state senators and the attorney general called for a delay of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana's sale to Elevance Health. The senators' call for a delay stemmed from reports commissioned by the state's insurance commission that questioned how BCBS plans to structure the deal. Public hearings on the deal have been postponed to October. 

  1. In August, Elevance Health tapped its inaugural chief health equity officer, Darrell Gray II, MD, to lead its Medicaid plan in Maryland, Wellpoint — a move he told Becker's came only after "much prayer" and careful consideration of his own mission and values.

  1. Elevance Health was the only major payer with a decreasing medical cost ratio year-over-year, according to second-quarter earnings reports. The payer's medical cost decreased 0.7 percent year over year.

  2. Elevance Health named Teresa Hursey president of subsidiary Amerigroup Iowa. Ms. Hursey was most recently president of Amerigroup New Jersey.

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