Producer News

  • May Producer Education Series Covers Behavioral Health

    Join us Thursday, May 25 at 3 p.m. Pacific Time for our Producer Education Series, News and Trends in Behavioral Health.

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  • General

    Survey Now Closed for Prescription Drug Data Collection | 5/10/2023

    The employer survey for prescription drug data is now closed in order to meet the June 1, 2023, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services submission deadline

    UW Medicine and Premera Blue Cross Continue Contract Negotiations | 5/10/2023

    Premera Blue Cross continues to advocate for members and negotiate in good faith with UW Medicine

    May Producer Education Series Covers Behavioral Health | 5/10/2023

    Join us Thursday, May 25 at 3 p.m. Pacific Time for our Producer Education Series, News and Trends in Behavioral Health

    Proposed Bill Would Impose Fines on Payors and Providers for Exceeding Growth Benchmark | 4/12/2023

    House Bill 1508 would give the Health Care Cost Transparency Board the authority to levy fines against medical providers and health insurers who exceed the established growth benchmark
  • More general news

  • Individual market

    Directing More Premera Members to Kinwell Primary Care | 5/10/2023

    Learn more about the latest developments to help your clients access primary care

    Helping Your Clients with Alternative Care | 5/10/2023

    Learn more about guiding your clients through alternative care coverage

    Quick Tips to Help Clients with Health Savings Accounts | 3/9/2023

    Help your clients make the most of our Essential Bronze HSA plan benefits

    What to Know About Special Enrollment | 2/9/2023

    Learn how your individual clients might qualify for a health plan outside of open enrollment
  • More individual market news

  • Group market

    Updates to Electronic Coordination of Benefits Expansion | 5/10/2023

    Changes coming in May and June for several plan types and funding arrangements

    Rx Data Collection Survey for Premera Employer Groups Now Available | 4/12/2023

    Learn how Premera is managing reporting for reference 2022

    Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Treated at Kinwell | 4/11/2023

    Every week more Premera members head to Kinwell for their advanced primary care needs and there’s still room to grow

    Employer Engagement Series Launched in February | 3/9/2023

    The recording of the first Premera Employer Engagement Series is now available
  • More group market news

  • Large Group

    New Pharmacy Benefit Offerings for Self-Funded Groups in 2024 | 4/12/2023

    Self-funded groups can enhance their pharmacy benefit with new programs for the 2024 plan year

    Opportunity to Earn Credits at Renewal with Kinwell Participation Program | 4/12/2023

    For fully insured and OptiFlex large groups, renewal credits are available with increased member participation at Kinwell

    Fiduciary Services to be Standardly Included in OptiFlex Contracts in January 2024 | 4/12/2023

    Effective January 1, 2024, Fiduciary services will be standardly included in OptiFlex contracts

    Kinwell Participation Program Offers Credit at Next Renewal | 2/9/2023

    Fully insured and OptiFlex groups can earn credit at their next renewal by increasing participation at Kinwell clinics across Washington
  • More large group news

  • Small group

    Employer Agreements and Benefit Booklets Move to Digital Delivery | 3/9/2023

    Employer agreements and benefit booklets are going paperless

    New Washington Small Group Multiple Choice Guidelines | 9/8/2022

    Premera is making it easier for small group customers to offer more than one Premera health plan to their employees

    The New Marketplace Platform is Coming Soon! | 5/10/2022

    We are excited to launch our new Marketplace platform

    Small Group Marketplace is Retiring | 7/8/2021

    Small Group Market Place (SGMP) will be retired effective July 31, 2021
  • More small group news

  • Pharmacy

    Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy Name Change | 4/12/2022

    New name, same patient-first service

    How Does a Medication Become Part Of The Preferred Drug List? | 1/13/2022

    The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review and healthcare plans are using shared data and analytics to evaluate new medications.

    New Pharmacy Prior Authorizations Going Live on July 1, 2021 | 5/11/2021

    A drug, Soolantra, will soon require prior authorization

    New Pharmacy Prior Authorization Going Live on January 1, 2021 | 11/9/2020

    Some drugs will require a new prior authorization.

    New Pharmacy Prior Authorization Going Live On October 2, 2020 | 8/24/2020

    A fertility drug, Follistim, will now require prior authorization.
  • More pharmacy news

  • Medicare

    May is Mental Health Awareness Month | 5/10/2023

    Premera Blue Cross offers resources to members to support their mental health journey

    Hearing benefits for Premera Medicare Advantage plans | 4/12/2023

    All Premera Medicare Advantage plans include a hearing benefit

    Kinwell Primary Clinics Just for Premera Members | 3/9/2023

    Two new locations are now open in Federal Way and Bellingham

    Inflation Reduction Act Improves Coverage of Recommended Vaccines And Insulins | 3/9/2023

    Important changes to insulin and vaccine costs from the Inflation Reduction Act
  • More medicare news