NU Online News Service, Dec. 18, 10:14 a.m. – The 441 U.S. health maintenance organizations reported a total of $868 million in profits for the first quarter of 2002, up 162% from the total for the comparable period in 2001, according to Weiss Ratings Inc., Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

The percentage of HMOs reporting profits increased to 73%, from 60%.