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WHY THE MEDICAID RFP RATTLED THE HEALTH CARE COMMUNITY

WHY THE MEDICAID RFP RATTLED THE HEALTH CARE COMMUNITY

This week’s announcement from the HCA that Columbia United Providers, a managed Medicaid plan that has served Washington State since the program’s inception 18 years ago, and which is part-owned by the PeaceHealth system, has sent shock waves throughout the health care community. This morning, a CEO from the largest provider in it’s county, explained with clarity why. If the state can put a bullet in CUP’s head, just think of what they can do… Read more

HCA RELEASES HEALTHY OPTIONS SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS

HCA RELEASES HEALTHY OPTIONS SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS

The HCA released the names of the “apparently successful” bidders in it’s 2012-2013 managed care procurement process for Medicaid’s “Healthy Options” plan, and the surprises continue. Of the 7 plans which had applied to enter the market, only 2 were considered apparently unsuccessful:  Premera and Columbia United Providers (CUP). The winning bidders were: –  Amerigroup —  Community Health Plan of Washington —  Coordinated Care Corporation —  Molina Healthcare of Washington —  UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Premera,… Read more

GROUP HEALTH, REGENCE, KAISER DECIDE AGAINST ENTERING HEALTHY OPTIONS MARKET

GROUP HEALTH, REGENCE, KAISER DECIDE AGAINST ENTERING HEALTHY OPTIONS MARKET

Perhaps, one of the most impactful market activities of 2012 took place on Dec 2nd, and yet garnered no headlines. With the State’s RFP for new Healthy Options plans due on the 2nd, many were expecting all 11 plans which had submitted a letter of intent to complete a bid for 2012.  Instead, according to the Health Care Authority, only 7 plans submitted: Amerigroup Washington, Inc. Columbia United Providers Community Health Plan of Washington Coordinated… Read more