Revenue Cycle and Payer News – June 21, 2023

Collaboration News

New alliance formed to bid Kansas Medicaid contract
CareSource (@caresource) announced the first strategic alliance of its kind to compete in the upcoming procurement to serve KanCare members and transform the health care experience for vulnerable Kansans. The CareSource HealthAlliance uniquely combines CareSource — a national leader in nonprofit managed care with 30+ years of experience — with three prominent and well-respected statewide organizations with deep Kansas roots.

MultiPlan and ECHO Health Partner to Drive Health Plan Administrative Costs Down
MultiPlan Corporation (@MultiPlan_Inc), a provider of technology and data-enabled cost management, payment, and revenue integrity solutions to the U.S. healthcare industry, and ECHO Health, Inc., announced a partnership that combines the services of each company to offer simplified, more cost-effective claim processing for third-party administrators, insurers, and other healthcare payors.

Company News

UnitedHealth Group Increases Dividend; Announces Annual Shareholder Meeting Results
UnitedHealth Group (@UnitedHealthGrp) announced an increase to its dividend and provided an update on its 2023 annual shareholder meeting.

Oklahoma Health Care Authority Announces Intent to Award Humana Contract to Serve Medicaid Beneficiaries
Health and wellness company Humana Inc. (@Humana) has been recommended by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) to deliver health care coverage to Medicaid beneficiaries across the state, anticipated to start in early to mid-2024. Humana’s Medicaid division, Humana Healthy Horizons, will administer the coverage in Oklahoma.

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Making the Cut, Milestones, Accolades, Awards and More

Independence Blue Cross earned U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll for Best Medicare Advantage Plan companies for 2023
Independence Blue Cross (@ibx) was included in U.S. News and World Report’s Honor Roll of Best Medicare Advantage Plan companies for 2023. The Honor Roll is based on an analysis U.S. News and World Report did of insurance companies’ offerings in each state based on their 2023 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Star Ratings.

Aetna provides Morehouse School of Medicine with $140,000 community investment to advance health equity in Georgia
Aetna Better Health® of Georgia, a CVS Health (@CVSHealth) company, announced that Aetna® provided a community investment of $140,000 to the Morehouse School of Medicine. The investment will support Morehouse School of Medicine’s Health Equity for All Lives (H.E.A.L.) student-run free clinic (SRFC) to provide high-quality, comprehensive care to underserved populations in the Atlanta metropolitan area and surrounding rural communities.

Product News

UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi Recognized With NCQA Health Equity Accreditation
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Mississippi has been awarded Health Equity Accreditation status by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). This accreditation is granted to organizations that lead the market in providing culturally and linguistically sensitive services, and work to reduce health care disparities.

Policy News

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Calls for Fair, Transparent Hospital Billing to Save Money for Patients and Consumers
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (@BCBSAssociation) Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy David Merritt issued a statement building off BCBSA’s Affordability Solutions for the Health of America ahead of the Senate Committee on Finance hearing on health care consolidation.

HHS Takes Additional Action to Keep People Covered as States Resume Medicaid, CHIP Renewals
In support of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to expanding access to high-quality, affordable health care coverage, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new flexibilities to help keep Americans covered as states resume Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) renewals. The new flexibilities were announced in a letter Secretary Becerra sent to the nation’s governors urging them to adopt all available flexibilities to minimize avoidable coverage losses among children and families.

Letter to U.S. Governors from HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on Medicaid Redeterminations
Read HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra’s letter addressing Medicaid Redeterminations.

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