Surgery Center Says UnitedHealthcare Backed Out Of Payment

Law360, Dallas (January 30, 2013, 7:27 PM EST) -- A Texas surgery center sued UnitedHealthcare Services Inc. in state court Tuesday, alleging the insurer is refusing to reimburse costs for additional medical help during a difficult weight-loss procedure after previously approving the use of assistant surgeons.

Texas Center for Obesity Surgery PLLC, based in Plano, alleges UnitedHealthcare of Texas Inc. owes it more than $900,000 for the use of assistant surgeons during 57 laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy surgeries, which reduce the size of a patient’s stomach. The surgery center said UnitedHealthcare had preapproved using assistant surgeons,...
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