UnitedHealth sues TeamHealth, saying it overpaid $100 million in claims

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UnitedHealthcare has sued TeamHealth Holdings alleging fraud for about-inflating healthcare codes to get better reimbursement.

In a single case in point, a 23-year-aged gentleman sought remedy for indigestion after taking in a chili doggy and the doctor gave him Maalox and sent him property, UnitedHealth claimed in the lawsuit. “TeamHealth submitted a assert to the United Plaintiffs indicating that it had presented that member with unexpected emergency healthcare care of particularly high complexity less than exigent instances,” the criticism claimed. The corporation allegedly charged UHC $1,712.

TeamHealth CEO Leif Murphy replied to the lawsuit with this assertion: “Courts have consistently dismissed these promises in other jurisdictions. This frivolous lawsuit is a calculated work to divert interest absent from the court docket scenario commencing Monday, November 1, in Las Vegas, introduced by TeamHealth affiliate Fremont Unexpected emergency Medication against UnitedHealthcare for their gross underpayment of frontline clinicians. In point, the District Court in Nevada dismissed this exact assert by United in the direct up to the demo.  
“United continues to create file income by down coding promises and refusing to think about the know-how of frontline clinicians who make a prognosis. Even in the course of a pandemic, United makes use of tactics like these to profit off the backs of unexpected emergency drugs suppliers who are on the frontline managing individuals and risking their possess life. The bottom line is the fewer UnitedHealth reimburses, the much more income they make.” 

The lawsuit was filed in federal court docket in the Japanese District of Tennessee on October 27. UHC desires a jury demo, damages, court docket fees and other expenses.

“TeamHealth upcoded tens or hundreds of countless numbers of promises for ER products and services, ensuing in UHC overpaying by much more than $a hundred million,” UHC claimed in the lawsuit.


UnitedHealth alleges that given that 2016, TeamHealth has upcoded promises and committed fraud by misrepresenting the products and services presented.

The United plaintiffs reviewed tens of countless numbers of industrial well being rewards promises submitted by TeamHealth and established that well about 50 percent of the promises TeamHealth submitted to United making use of the two maximum degree CPT codes for ER visits – about 60% – ought to have utilized lessen-degree CPT codes for managing schedule well being troubles, this sort of as sore throats and ear infections.

TeamHealth operates a single of the largest unexpected emergency place staffing and billing firms in the U.S. It affiliates with or acquires healthcare groups throughout the nation that have contracts with hospitals and well being devices less than which the healthcare groups workers hospital unexpected emergency rooms, in accordance to UHC.

“But this is where by the healthcare groups’ involvement ends,” the lawsuit claimed.

TeamHealth handles coding and billing from centralized billing centers, then submits the promises to insurers less than the identify of its affiliate or acquired healthcare group. 

No ER doctor profited, UHC claimed. Doctors were being paid out a flat, hourly price.

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TeamHealth was acquired by non-public equity agency Blackstone in 2017. Due to the fact then, the corporation has built an “intense pursuit of profit” that has drawn the ire of individuals, insurers, and the federal government, UHC claimed in the lawsuit.

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