Indianapolis-based WellPoint Inc. has been sued in Los Angeles federal court by several medical societies including the American Medical Association (AMA). The suit emanates from WellPoints use of the Ingenix database, which the plaintiffs contend was used to set artificially low reimbursement rates for out-of-network care. Last month Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna Health Inc. and Philadelphia-based CIGNA Corp. were hit with similar lawsuits.
"Physicians will not tolerate an apparent conspiracy that allows health insurers to play by their own rules without regard to patients, or the legitimate costs required to care for them," says AMA President Nancy H. Nielsen, M.D.
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