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UnitedHealthcare, Walgreens mobile affinity program banks on keeping members healthy

Earlier this month, UnitedHealthcare and Walgreens announced a partnership that rewards members with points for partaking in healthy initiatives.  FierceHealthPayer spoke with UnitedHealth's Vice President and Innovation Champion Kirk Pion to discuss how the insurer used existing programs and data to understand what its members want. 

Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealth to develop transparency tools

Aetna, Humana and UnitedHealthcare will team up with the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) to develop online tools to enhance members' experiences, while also providing the most important information about price and quality of their coverage, the HCCI announced today.

Blurred lines: Payer execs talk collaborative future

Accountable care organizations are taking hold across the country, blurring the line between healthcare insurers and providers so that payers as we know them may not exist a decade from now, according to a panel discussion this morning at the ACO Summit in the District of Columbia.

Wellness incentives save UnitedHealth millions

In this exclusive interview, Robyn Harmon, health strategies consultant at UnitedHealthcare discusses how the insurer is using incentives to encourage employees and members to live healthier lives, and what it takes to really engage people in their health.

UnitedHealth to lift mail-order requirement for HIV/AIDS meds

In a move that could set an industry precedent, UnitedHealthcare settled a national class-action lawsuit by agreeing to allow patients with HIV or AIDS to opt out of a requirement to obtain medications by mail order.

Medicare Part D enrollment levels out

Enrollment in Medicare stand-alone prescription drug plans grew 3.8 percent year over year, although that represents a significant drop from the 14.7 percent increase between February 2012 and February 2013, according to newly released findings from Mark Farrah Associates.

NC Blues jumps on the retail bandwagon

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is opening half a dozen retail storefronts to pitch its offerings under the new health insurance exchange and educate North Carolinians--uninsured and otherwise--about how the exchange works, the Associated Press reported.

UnitedHealth acquisition of exchange contractor raises conflict of interest concerns

UnitedHealth Group's purchase of a company contracted to help develop the national health insurance exchange has been raising some conflict of interest concerns. 

Insurers process a tenth of claims inaccurately

The seven largest insurers--Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Care Service Corp., Humana, Medicare, Regence and UnitedHealthcare--paid providers the incorrect amount or incorrectly processed 9.5 percent of medical claims.

Fierce Q&A: UnitedHealthcare launches price tool for retail shoppers

UnitedHealthcare launched a new price comparison tool called mHealthcare Cost Estimator so members can compare the quality and costs of more than 100 treatments and procedures for 240,000 different physicians and hospitals.