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Patients reportedly lose long-time doctor because insurance guides patients to their own practice

Posted by Daniel Patrick on

A recent article published by MedScape and Keiser Health News tells the story of a family who lost their doctor because a 'titan' insurance company dropped their long-time family doctor from their network allegedly to send patients to a practice owned by the insurance company.

But in this case, the cause of the exclusion goes to even deeper business connections: Wassef and other doctors say the insurer appears to be trying to shift patients to Riverside Medical Group, a 20-office physicians' practice owned by Optum, a sister company of UnitedHealthcare, both of which are subsidiaries of UnitedHealth Group. UnitedHealthcare is essentially forcing patients to transfer to doctors it controls, the doctors allege.

 

Reference:

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/925778?nlid=134210_426&src=WNL_mdplsfeat_200303_mscpedit_fmed&uac=25404PN&spon=34&impID=2299338&faf=1

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