The deal comes as the health sector is looking over the horizon at Amazon.com Inc., and how the company could transform the business of buying, distributing and selling drugs and medical products if it gets into health care.
Anthem said it has seen a drop in unnecessary ER visits in Kentucky since it started its review there and has rejected only around 1 percent of all claims as avoidable. The policy will expand to Indiana next year.
Anthem Inc. exceeded Wall Street third-quarter profit expectations and pushed its 2017 forecast higher in its latest quarterly report. It also acquired an insurer with more than 135,000 Medicare members.