"United's decision to penalize doctors has its roots in a deal the plan executed as of Jan. 1. On that date, it began a 10-year agreement with Laboratory Corp. of America that made the Burlington, N.C.-based company United's exclusive national supplier of lab services. Left out is the company with which LabCorp is fighting for the largest share of the $40 billion clinical lab market -- Lyndhurst, N.J.-based Quest Diagnostics."Needless to say the medical community is not pleased with this decision and for example the Connecticut State Medical Society is soliciting the State Attorney General's assistance.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
The AMA News reports (subscription required) on a United Healthcare policy to be implemented tomorrow that will "fine" network doctors $50 or more whenever they fail to refer patients to United's exclusive network laboratory, Labcorp. According to the AMA News,