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News Briefs

✦ Centene Corp. said on May 12 that its Centurion subsidiary will take steps to expand access to telehealth for its incarcerated beneficiaries, address shortages of medical supplies in prison clinics, and offer ho...
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Insurers Chart Office Returns as COVID Restrictions Relax

With some states starting to relax shelter-in-place orders meant to slow the spread of COVID-19, health insurance companies are among the many businesses deciding when and how to transition some employees back to th...
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With Revenues Squeezed, PCPs Warm Up to Value-Based Care

The COVID-19 pandemic is proving especially challenging for the primary care business, but as a result of the crisis, the head of one primary care trade group says her membership is open to working with insurers to ...
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Amid Pandemic, Firms Push for New Mental, Wellness Benefits

Employers are aiming to enhance certain health care benefits — particularly virtual mental health care and wellness solutions — as they look for innovative ways to support their workers during the COVID-19 pande...
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S&P Is Cautiously Optimistic About Health Insurers’ Financial Prospects

Credit ratings firm S&P Global Ratings Inc. is mildly confident about the financial health of the health care industry. On May 13, S&P analysts gave health insurance companies a stable outlook, and graded pa...
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Outpatient Visits, Hospital Revenues Down During COVID-19 Outbreak

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of visits to ambulatory care practices dropped almost 60% in mid-March, according to a new analysis by researchers at Harvard University and health care technology company Ph...
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News Briefs

✦ UnitedHealthcare will expand its presence on the Affordable Care Act exchanges by offering plans in at least one additional state in 2021. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said on May 12 that the insurer will join ...
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COVID May Prod Insurers to Give ACA Exchanges Another Look

As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to reverberate throughout the U.S. economy, it’s become clear that there will be a major enrollment shift away from employer-sponsored plans and into Medicaid and t...
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Outdated Regs, Reimbursement May Roll Back Telehealth Gains

Although use of telehealth services has surged in recent months, experts say that the permanence of a shift to virtual care is far from certain, unless regulations and the industry’s reimbursement model change dra...
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CVS CEO: COVID Testing Sites Validate HealthHUB Strategy

Since acquiring Aetna, CVS Health Corp. has touted its HealthHUB stores — which include expanded clinics, labs for health screening, and space for wellness pursuits like yoga — as the linchpin of its plan to sta...
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