Russell Ede has been named VP of non-acute contracting for Amerinet (St. Louis). Ede joined Amerinet in 2005 as director of custom contracting. Amerinet says its mission is to assist providers "in reducing costs, improving efficiencies and creating new revenue streams."

UnitedHealthcare (Minneapolis) has named Kathryn Sullivan as CEO, central region; Jeff Lucht has been named senior VP; and Steven Nelson has been appointed CEO of UnitedHealthcare's west region. Sullivan previously was senior VP, CFO and treasurer of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Nelson previously was president of AmeriChoice, a UnitedHealthcare sister company. Lucht previously was president, national accounts, Mid-Atlantic region of Aetna. UnitedHealthcare is a provider of health benefit plans and services.

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