Doctor Group Fight With Aetna Gets California High Court Review

July 28, 2021, 10:31 PM

Aetna’s alleged threats to doctors who referred patients to out-of-network physicians, and whether the California Medical Association has standing to sue the insurance company, will get state Supreme Court review.

Justices agreed Wednesday to consider reviving the trade group’s unfair competition lawsuit against the insurer. An appellate court agreed with Aetna Health of California Inc. that the CMA didn’t have a contract with the insurer and couldn’t seek an injunction.

The appeals court also agreed with the trial judge and rejected the CMA’s argument that the trade group spending 200 to 250 hours of staff time helping doctors address Aetna ...

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