Law360 (March 26, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Building on efforts to uncover what they say was an industrywide scheme to defraud patients and physicians, the American Medical Association and other medical societies have filed a class action lawsuit against Wellpoint Inc., claiming that the country's largest health insurer improperly manipulated insurance reimbursement rates.
The lawsuit, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, claims that Wellpoint was part of a plot to underpay physicians for out-of-network services, which put the burden on patients to pay a higher portion of their medical bills than they should have.
The proposed class action mirrors others filed...
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