Sep 8, 2021 - Health

Humana says pandemic is slowing routine care again

A green Humana sign on a brown headquarters building.

Humana is seeing dips in non-COVID care again. Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Humana has recorded more COVID-19 hospitalizations among its Medicare Advantage members in the past few weeks due to rising coronavirus cases. But non-COVID inpatient and outpatient care also appears to be declining as a result, the health insurance company said late Tuesday.

Why it matters: Health insurers profited heavily last year when hospitals and doctors delayed routine medical care, and that dynamic appears to be happening again.

Between the lines: Humana didn't increase its profit projections for the rest of the year, but don't be surprised if the company blows past its guidance when it reports third-quarter earnings in the fall.

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