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Payer Roundup—Catholic Health Initiatives to sell Arkansas insurance plan to Centene

January 09, 2019 / Tina Reed

St. Louis-based Centene has agreed to buy QualChoice Health Insurance, an insurance plan owned by Catholic Health Initiatives, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported. QualChoice Chief Executive Randall Crow and a Centene spokesman confirmed a "definitive agreement," the news organization reported. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be bringing on Marion Couch, M.D., Ph.D., as its new senior medical adviser to "better engage the medical community on CMS initiatives," the agency announced on Monday.