6 must-reads on payer-provider relations

Here are six recent articles posted by Becker's Hospital Review that concern payer-provider relationships:

1. UnitedHealth expands bundled payment program: 3 things to know
UnitedHealthcare, the health insurance arm of UnitedHealth Group, will extend its bundled payment program to more than 30 states, the payer said April 10.

2. BCBS of South Carolina adds national urgent care chain to network after feud
Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina and several American Family Care urgent care centers agreed to an in-network contract.

3. Oak Street Health now in network for 1.6M Aetna members
Chicago-based primary care provider Oak Street Health signed an agreement with CVS Health-owned Aetna to join the health insurer's provider network, the companies said April 9.

4. Duke Health, BCBS of North Carolina launch insurance company
Durham, N.C.-based Duke University Health System and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina formed a nonprofit health insurance company, the organizations said April 2.

5. Missouri hospitals to Medicaid officials: Address rising child suicide risk since managed care switch
The percentage of children in Missouri who reported thoughts of suicide or attempted suicide doubled after private insurers began managing the state's Medicaid program.

6. UnitedHealthcare abruptly exits Iowa's Medicaid program
UnitedHealthcare will pull out of Iowa's managed Medicaid program, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said March 29.

More articles on payers:
BCBS of Texas to open primary care clinics: 5 things to know
128,000 kids lost health insurance in Tennessee over 2 years — Here's why
Pennsylvania woman denied coverage for sepsis-related foot amputation

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