Cigna will drop a policy that required physicians to fill out extra paperwork before they could treat patients for opioid addiction.
Cigna Corp. will end a requirement that prevented providers from prescribing treatments for patients with opioid addiction without prior authorization.
Carolinas HealthCare System is fighting back against a lawsuit by the U.S. Justice Department that alleges the system imposed anti-competitive contract requirements on insurers, saying a federal appeals court has rejected the government's arguments.
The percentage of Humana Medicare Advantage members in plans with four stars or higher fell by half, from 78% a year ago to 37%. Cigna has only 20% of its members in plans rated four stars or higher. Meanwhile, 91% of Aetna's members are enrolled in four-star plans.
Herbert Fritch, the man who founded Cigna-HealthSpring and grew it into one of the largest Medicare Advantage plans in the country, is retiring.
Anthem and Cigna Corp. remain contentiously at odds over their pending deal, with attorneys on both sides alleging the other last month of breaching the terms of their merger agreement.
Eric Schneiderman's office is investigating Mylan over “potentially anticompetitive terms” in its sales contracts with school systems in the state. Such terms were discovered in a preliminary review by the attorney general's office, according to a news release.
The American Medical Association and several consumer groups called on a New York regulator to reject Anthem and Cigna's proposed $53 billion merger over concerns it will stifle insurance competition and lead to more costly, lower quality healthcare across the state.
Cigna has spent the past eight months attempting to resolve the major problems found in its Medicare Advantage plans, but the health insurer does not expect those issues will be rectified by the time Medicare beneficiaries participate in annual enrollment this autumn.
Leading consulting firms and a growing list of niche advisers are competing aggressively to help major insurers use big data to identify high-risk patients and manage their costs.
Enduring influence is the central theme for many of the names atop this year's list, Modern Healthcare's 15th annual ranking. Coming in at No. 2 and No. 3 this year are CEOs of two of the nation's largest healthcare systems. The nation's payers are also well represented at the top.
Aetna and Anthem's multibillion-dollar health insurance mergers may be decided by the end of the year, after all. The federal judge overseeing the U.S. Justice Department's challenges to the deals has sent one case to another judge.