Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Has United Healthcare Gone Beyond Legal Boundaries?

While in the process of checking footprints of visitors to this blog I came across one which took me on an interesting journey. The visitor, someone located at Pearl in Hawaii, visiting under the auspices of the United States Army was directed it seems to this blog by way of a website, zimbio which appears to be centered on a who’s who format.

Since the topic of the bio search was in this case Quest Diagnostics C.E.O. Surya Mohapatra the site linked to articles dealing with Quest Diagnostics issues. In addition to my own writing on the topic of Quest Diagnostics as sited and linked at the zimbio web site, it was here that I also found articles written by others dealing with the seemingly strong arm tactics being utilized by United Healthcare.

Since the actions taken or about to be taken by United Healthcare as reported by those other sites seem to be directed exclusively at Quest Diagnostics in the ongoing blood feud, pun intended, it seems that the time might have arrived for the Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to take a closer look at the actions of United Healthcare in respect to Quest Diagnostics as well as the actions of United Healthcare in general.

So, if you want to research the matter further, and I am sure that the intelligent people who often visit here do, I offer to you a link to a news article appearing in Lab Soft News

I would suspect that the $50.00 fine mentioned in the articles is in each individual patient case which if considering a medical office might send Quest Diagnostic 50 individual patient specimen requisitions per day, well you do the math.

Since that amount is likely more than the doctor would receive in payment under terms of contract with United Healthcare, it would appear that United Healthcare is acting like some sort of mafia.

It is for this reason that I am calling for the attention of the office of the United States Attorney General, Federal Trade Commission and any other Federal or State governing body or agency who believes that they have an interest in this matter.

As a side note to doctors the issue of a $50.00 penalty might be nothing more than smoke and mirrors, pure snake oil intended to frighten the medical community. To you I would say stand up to a bully and he will run away like a scared little school girl. Don’t let others tell you how to run your practice.

As an addendum to this article I offer links to important articles which I failed to place within my article at time of posting. They are important reading on the subject and worthy of your time and consideration. They can be found by going to the St. Petersberg Times as well as the opinion of a medical professional writing at his blog Kevin, M.D. Medical Weblog.

Addendum number two a comment by Bob Carroll, Attorney at Law.
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