NU Online News Service, May 3, 2004, 3:38 p.m. EDT – Higher rates helped U.S. health maintenance organizations earn $6.7 billion in profits during the first 3 quarters of 2003, up 52% from the total for the comparable period in 2002.[@@]

Weiss Ratings Inc., Jupiter, Fla., gives those figures in its latest HMO profit report.

Although most of the 487 HMOs included in the report did well, 22% posted losses, Weiss says.