A federal court judge has cleared the way for nearly $200 million in awards to be disbursed to physicians through a settlement against UnitedHealth Group. This disbursement would settle claims from physicians for 15 years of artificially low payments the insurer paid for out-of-network health services.
Spearheaded by the Litigation Center of the American Medical Association (AMA), the California Medical Association and other state medical societies, this decade-long legal battle exposed a fundamental conflict of interest at UnitedHealth. The Litigation Center’s work with organized medicine, state regulators and U.S. senators succeeded in calling into question the system for paying out-of-network medical bills, which has been controlled completely by insurers.
Disbursements are to come as follows:
Claims sent direct to Claims Administrator
Most physicians will receive checks from Berdon Claims, LLC in the next couple of months, but if you have not received your check by April 15 and filed a claim directly to the Claims Administrator, contact Berdon Claims, LLC, by:
- Toll-free phone: (800) 443-1073
- Fax: (516) 222-0271
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Claims sent through the Managed Care Advisory Group
Most physicians will receive checks from the Managed Care Advisory Group (MCAG) in the next couple of months, but if you have not received your check by April 15, 2012 and filed through MCAG, you should contact MCAG to inquire about the status of your settlement check by:
- Toll-free phone: (800) 355-0466 - press option 4
- E-mail: email@example.com