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UnitedHealth Loses Round in Chiropractor Class Action

March 15, 2017, 11:37 AM

Chiropractors challenging the way UnitedHealth Group reimburses medical providers won a big battle March 14, when a federal judge found that United wasn’t following the terms of its health plans (Peterson v. UnitedHealth Grp., Inc., 2017 BL 78719, D. Minn., No. 0:15-cv-03064-PJS-BRT, 3/14/17).

The proposed class action takes aim at a practice called “cross-plan offsetting,” in which United withholds payment to medical providers to account for overpayments previously made in connection with different participants in different United-insured plans. A federal judge determined that United’s health plans didn’t authorize this practice, and he allowed the insurer ...