From being selected for a Medicare Advantage contract with Connecticut, to canceling its contract with Cerebral, Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna has been featured in seven recent Becker’s stories:
1. Aetna is canceling its in-network contract with mental health startup Cerebral on Aug. 21. Cerebral is considered in network with Aetna in 45 states. The decision comes after Aetna’s parent company, CVS Health, announced in May it would stop filling prescriptions for controlled dangerous substances for Cerebral patients. Cerebral received a federal subpoena May 4 related to possible violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
2. Millennium Trust Co. completed its acquisition of PayFlex Holdings from CVS Health June 1 for an undisclosed amount. The deal includes a long-term commercial relationship with Aetna to maintain PayFlex as the payer’s preferred provider of HSAs and other consumer-directed benefit solutions for existing and prospective members.
3. Connecticut selected Aetna for a three-year Medicare Advantage contract that will serve about 57,000 retirees and their dependents across the state. The contract is effective Jan. 1, 2023.
4. East Liverpool City Hospital in Ohio is seeking more than $6 million in damages from Aetna, alleging the insurer is failing to pay patient bills.
5. A federal judge in Pennsylvania approved a class-action lawsuit against Aetna for allegedly violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by forcing disability benefits recipients to return their personal injury payments.
6. Aetna’s Medicare Advantage enrollment grew by 10.3 percent between March 31, 2021, and March 31, 2022.
7. A proposed class action lawsuit was filed by Newark, Calif.-based Saloojas, an out-of-network laboratory, alleging the insurer evaded its obligations to fully cover COVID-19 diagnostic testing.Source: Beckers Payer