UnitedHealth Suspends Fines for New Jersey Doctors Who Continue to Use Quest Diagnostics

Last Friday brought an interesting twist to the question about whether UnitedHealth would follow through and fine doctors $50 for each of their patients who had laboratory tests done at out-of-network laboratories, effective March 1, 2007. The Associated Press published a news story revealing that the New Jersey Department of Banking had requested that UnitedHealth suspend any attempts to fine physicians under this program, pending its investigation in the situation. The New Jersey Department...

Doctors Tell News Reporters about their Frustration with UnitedHealths Choice of LabCorp

When UnitedHealthcare decided to make Laboratory Corporation of America its exclusive national contract laboratory, effective January 1, 2007, it certainly set itself up for objections from doctors and patients who would be upset at the exclusion of Quest Diagnostics as a UnitedHealth laboratory provider. Now UnitedHealth has triggered another round of complaints from physicians by suggesting that it could fine a doctor $50 if his or her patient has tests done by a laboratory other than...
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