Covid Tester Escalates BCBS Pay Fight With Antitrust Claims

By Bryan Koenig (January 20, 2022, 8:11 PM EST) -- COVID-19 testing provider GS Labs LLC is escalating a multimillion-dollar dispute with Blue Cross Blue Shield's Kansas City, Missouri, unit over test-reimbursement claims that the insurer says are "grossly inflated" by hitting back with antitrust counterclaims accusing the BCBS branch of suppressing competition for tests.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, or Blue KC, says GS Labs has refused to negotiate pricing in good faith and has charged "wildly excessive and inaccurate cash prices" of at least $380, "approximately ten times higher than reasonable rates and twenty times higher than the wholesale cost," according to its amended complaint filed in...

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