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Alliances: Magellan, RFL, NBGH

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CIGNA HealthCare is expanding a new radiology benefits management relationship.

CIGNA HealthCare, a unit of CIGNA Corp., Philadelphia, will be using Magellan Health Services Inc., Avon, Conn., to be managing radiology benefits in 4 more markets with a total of 900,000 plan members.

The new deal extends a previously announced contract that calls for Magellan to manage radiology benefits for CIGNA HealthCare in 11 markets with about 3 million plan members.

The previously announced contract will start Friday and run through May 31, 2011.

Magellan will start implementing the new contract, for the 4 additional markets, by early 2008, Magellan says.

Together, the 2 contracts should generate about $170 million in revenue per year, Magellan says.

In other alliance news:

- Custom Disability Solutions, South Portland, Maine, a disability risk manager, says it will offer behavioral health counseling and coaching from Resources for Living Ltd., Austin, Texas, with group disability insurance products.

Custom Disability Solutions is a unit of Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, Philadelphia.

- The National Business Group on Health, Washington, has picked the University of Michigan’s Health Management Research Center to be the central repository for its EMPAQ benefits survey data for at least 3 years.

Under the terms of the agreement, UM-HMRC also will help the NBGH collect, analyze, and summarize EMPAQ data, the NBGH says.