Judge Invites Appeal On UnitedHealth Policy Decision

By Michael Phillis (March 17, 2017, 9:21 PM EDT) -- A Minnesota federal court has decided that the way UnitedHealth Group Inc. recouped the health insurance overpayments it made to medical providers under a particular method called "cross-plan offsetting" was not authorized by the plans, but because of the significance of the decision and the novel nature of the case, the judge certified the question for interlocutory appeal.

U.S. District Judge Patrick J. Schilz decided Tuesday to grant summary judgment on behalf of two medical providers who argued that the health insurance plans at issue in the case do not authorize the type of reimbursement practiced by United, which the judge...

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