The American Medical Association (AMA) today launched a new online resource that will help thousands of physicians file claims in the record-breaking settlement reached in the AMA legal victory against UnitedHealth Groupâ€”the nationâ€™s largest health insurer. More than $350 million is available to compensate physicians and their patients for 15 years of artificially low payments for out-of-network services.
Evidence of UnitedHealthâ€™s improper business practices gathered in the course of the AMA-led litigation was brought to the attention of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who confirmed the abuses with his own investigation. Under legal pressure from Attorney General Cuomo, UnitedHealth and several major insurers agreed to meaningful reforms that promise to help keep the system for determining out-of-network reimbursements free from further corporate manipulation.
The UnitedHealth settlement is governed by a series of court-imposed deadlines that physicians must follow.