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.
- Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates in Virginia and Connecticut are rolling out virtual-first health plans for 2024.
- 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.
- CareMore Health, an Elevance Health subsidiary, will rebrand as Carelon Health in January 2024.
- 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.
- The use of specialty medications is on the rise, and CarelonRx's leaders don't see that trend slowing.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Elevance Health named Teresa Hursey president of subsidiary Amerigroup Iowa. Ms. Hursey was most recently president of Amerigroup New Jersey.