Despite Elevated Medical Costs, Elevance Posts Strong First-Quarter Results

Elevance Health, Inc. reported increased premium revenues in the first quarter of 2023 and strong results from its fast-growing PBM and services division, Carelon. While Wall Street analysts were mostly positive about the results, some expressed concerns that the firm’s medical loss ratio (MLR) and operating expenses were too high.

Elevance took in $41.9 billion during the first quarter of 2023, an increase of 10.6% year over year. Income rose 16.6% year-over-year to $2.8 billion, yielding adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $9.46, which beat the Wall Street consensus of $9.23. Elevance’s MLR was 85.8%, which was in line with projections from the firm and the Street consensus. Days claims payable (DCP) was 46 days as of March 31, “a decrease of 1.5 days from December 31, 2022 and a decrease of 0.9 days compared to March 31, 2022,” per a press release announcing the results.

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Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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