Health Law Highlights

UnitedHealth Defends Lucrative Billing Tactic in Appeals Court

From Bloomberg Law, by Jacklyn Wille:

  • “Cross-Plan Offsetting” is the practice by an insurer of clawing back benefits it says were overpaid to a provider under one plan by reducing future payments to the provider under a different plan that it administers.
  • This common insurance billing tactic has invited litigation over its legality and opposition from the Labor Department.
  • In one such case, the Eighth Circuit is being asked to decide whether Smith and Ghanim, who are covered by health plans funded by their employers and administered by United, have been harmed in a way that would give them standing to challenge the practice under ERISA.

Texas, Pennsylvania hospitals lose lawsuit challenging Medicare payments

The lawsuit was brought by Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, Pa., and Tomball (Texas) Regional Center. The hospitals said HHS wrongly calculated their Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments for fiscal year 2015, using the wrong data. As a result, the hospitals appealed the DSH payment decision to the HHS provider reimbursement review board, where it was dismissed. In its dismissal, the review board said it lacked jurisdiction to consider the hospitals’ objections to their payments.

Source: Texas, Pennsylvania hospitals lose lawsuit challenging Medicare payments