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Managed care lawsuit moves forward

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Jan. 17, 2005

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There's a new trial set for the class-action litigation in which doctors challenged the way managed care companies have reimbursed them over the past decade. U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno now is scheduled to begin hearing the case Sept. 6. Discovery in the case is set to continue through Feb. 7.

Individual physicians and organized medicine filed numerous lawsuits against the nation's largest health plans. The lawsuits accused companies of actions such as downcoding and bundling claims. The cases were consolidated before Moreno in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami.

Aetna and CIGNA settled their lawsuits with physicians, but cases still remain against Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Coventry Health Care, Humana, Prudential Insurance Co. of America, United Healthcare and WellPoint Health Networks.

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2005/01/17/prbf0117.htm.

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