Humana, UnitedHealth Utilization Disclosures Put MA Powerhouses in Hot Seat

Not long after UnitedHealth Group sparked an insurer-stock selloff by revealing that it is seeing higher-than-usual outpatient care utilization, Humana Inc. disclosed that it, too, is seeing elevated medical costs due to an increased use of services.

“At this point it appears that there may be a new trend brewing with a rise in utilization and claims, particularly in the Medicare Advantage segment,” A.M. Best Senior Director Sally Rosen remarked in a new video released by the insurance-focused credit rating firm.

And that’s significant for the managed care industry writ large, Rosen tells AIS Health, a division of MMIT. “Medicare Advantage comprised more than one-third of the industry’s underwriting income in 2022, and while the dollar amount has fluctuated, the percentage of underwriting income coming from Medicare Advantage has made up about one third for each of the past three years,” she says.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been reporting and editing in various journalism roles for nearly a decade. Most recently, she was the senior editor of FierceHealthPayer, an e-newsletter covering the health insurance industry. A graduate of Penn State University, she previously served in editing roles at newspapers in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Colorado.

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