Aetna Sues Surgery Center Over High Fees, Referrals

Law360, New York (April 19, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT) -- Aetna Life Insurance Co. on Tuesday sued Texas specialty surgical center Humble Surgical Hospital LLC, claiming it has scammed the insurer out of millions by making unnecessary patient referrals and charging outrageous amounts for the sole purpose of enriching the owners.

Aetna says HSH physicians have referred patients to the center, which is out of Aetna's network and is financially owned by the referring physicians, without informing them of the full extent of the associated costs. The insurer claims the center promises patients that any higher...
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