Most of our articles on this blog highlight problems with health care providers and health care system. Well, this time we are rooting for the doctors!

A new policy announced by mega-health insurer, UnitedHealth Group, Inc., threatens to fine doctors who refer patients to out-of-network laboratories for medical tests. Most current health plans require members to pay more when they go to an out-of-network doctor or take nonpreferred medications. The current policy is obviously not enough to satisfy some health insurance companies and their drive to increase profits. UnitedHealth now wants to enforce a financial penalty upon doctors who send their patients to out-of-network laboratories. The policy change appears to stem from a 10 year deal which UnitedHealth struck with Laboratory Corp. of America to become its national in-network laboratory.

The American Medical Association has demanded UnitedHealth rescind the policy. Read the AMA’s position here.

Is the fox now guarding the hen house?

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.