Judge's Medicare Advantage Order Could Have National Impact

In a decision that could have national implications, a federal judge in Connecticut temporarily blocked UnitedHealthcare late Thursday from dropping an estimated 2,200 physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan in that state.

In a decision that could have national implications, a federal judge in Connecticut temporarily blocked UnitedHealthcare late Thursday from dropping an estimated 2,200 physicians from its Medicare Advantage plan in that state.

While the judge’s decision affects only the physicians in Fairfield and Hartford Counties who brought suit, several other medical groups are considering filing similar actions.

“This is very good news from Connecticut,” said Dr. Sam L. Unterricht, president of the Medical Society of the State of New York. “We will definitely seriously consider filing a suit in New York as well.”

The Ohio State Medical Association is also reviewing the decision, said Todd Baker, a spokesman for the Ohio State Medical Association.

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Source: Kaiser Health News