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Physician Groups Settle with Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Over “Out-of Network Shenanigans”

Seven physicians groups, including the Connecticut State Medical Society, the American Medical Association, the California Medical Association, the Medical Association of Georgia and others, have reached a settlement with insurance company Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (“Anthem”) over allegations of ‘out-of network shenanigans’. The suit, which was filed in 2007, accused Anthem of unfair practices when determining reimbursement rates for out-of-network care. Patients were unsure as to which providers were in or out of network and patients were responsible for higher than expected charges due to being misled about how much of the bill for out-of-network care the insurance company would accommodate.

The settlement amount has not been revealed but, according to general counsel for the Connecticut State Medical Society, Anthem will be upgrading their provider finder tool and will also provide a very small monetary reward to the medical societies involved.

DOCTOR GROUPS SETTLE WITH ANTHEM OVER ‘SHENANIGANS‘” [LINK]

Robert S. Iwrey, Esq., a founding partner of The Health Law Partners, P.C., practices in all areas of healthcare law and devotes a substantial portion of his practice assisting clients in third party payor audits and participation matters, billing and contractual matters, government investigations, state licensing and DEA registrations. For more information regarding this article, please contact Robert S. Iwrey, Esq. at (248) 996-8510 or (212) 734-0128 or riwrey@thehlp.com.

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