A Northwestern Blue Cross and Blue Shield carrier has hired a medical management services provider.

Regence, Portland, Ore., will be using Health Integrated Inc., Tampa, Fla., to handle utilization management services for hospital inpatients.

Regence provides or administers health coverage for 2.5 million people through Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Regence BlueShield.