ACA Joins Class Action Lawsuit Against United Healthcare
ACA Joins Class Action Lawsuit Against UnitedHealthcare: Optum Included as Defendant and Additional Concerns Added to Complaint
On April 22, 2011, ACA joined an existing national class action lawsuit against United Healthcare (United) and HealthNet. The original complaint was filed on Jan. 24 by Pomerantz, Haudek, Grossman, and Gross (Pomerantz) on behalf of a class of individual providers and the Ohio State Chiropractic Association (OSCA). In February, the Congress of Chiropractic State Associations (COCSA) joined the litigation challenging United’s recoupment practices. In joining the lawsuit, ACA amended the complaint to include internal policies and procedures used by United and their chiropractic network, Optum, to improperly deny chiropractic benefits.
Pomerantz is a national class action law firm and is a leader in working with provider groups to combat insurance industry abuses, having filed two other similar class action suits in the last two years that involved doctors of chiropractic. In filing the amended complaint on behalf of ACA, Pomerantz added Optum to the list of defendants and also specifically outlined a number of policies and procedures allegedly utilized by Optum when managing the chiropractic benefit for enrollees. (more…)