California Doctors Claim Blue Cross Payments Unfair

Law360, New York (March 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A group of California physicians on Thursday filed suit against Wellpoint Health Networks Inc., its affiliate Blue Cross of California and the State Compensation Insurance Fund, alleging the defendants conspired to pay doctors who treat workers’ compensation patients below fair market value.

In a complaint filed in the Superior Court of the State of California, a group of orthopedic and emergency physicians allege that Blue Cross has abused its market dominance to pay physicians much less than the cost of care. The plaintiffs claim that Blue...
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