9th Circ. Says Medicare Plan Can't Sue Geico For Hospital Bills

Law360, Los Angeles (April 19, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit ruled Friday that while federal law allowed a Medicare Advantage plan to charge an auto company for $137,000 in hospital bills covering a man fatally hit by a car, the provider had no private right of action to recover the money.

PacifiCare of Arizona Inc. claimed that the Medicare Act's statute on Medicare Advantage organizations, or MAOs, allowed for it to recover the payments from a $500,000 Geico insurance policy held by the driver who fatally struck Manuel Parra, a participant in PacifiCare's...
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