Nashville, Tenn.- HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a provider of managed care industry intelligence, finds that CIGNA HealthCare has turned a corner in North Carolina. According to the latest issue of the North & South Carolina Health Plan Analysis, the national insurer's North Carolina HMO license tripled its net income in 2004 yet decreased premium revenues by 21%. It was the most dramatic turnaround among North Carolina's HMOs. CIGNA's HMO posted 2004 net income of $18.7 million on revenues of $277.5 million, says Jane DuBose, HealthLeaders-InterStudy analyst. "That's a 6.8% profit margin." All of the state's HMOs were in the black in 2004, although UnitedHealthcare and Aetna Inc., two other national insurers, had lower net income than in 2003, DuBose says.Source: Decision Resources Inc.

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