AMA Joins Class-Action Suit Against CIGNA

By Paige Minemyer

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The AMA and 2 State Medical Societies Join Class-Action Suit Against CIGNA

The American Medical Association (AMA) has joined a class-action lawsuit against Cigna, alleging the insurer underpaid for claims filed by providers in the contracted MultiPlan network. MultiPlan is the country’s largest third-party network, and Cigna contracts with it to access providers. According to the lawsuit, which was initially filed in June, Cigna reimbursed for claims from providers in MultiPlan’s network at its non-participating providers rate rather than at the rate expected for a MultiPlan contract.

As such, the insurer “significantly underpaid claims, and put patients at risk of balance billing,” the plaintiffs claim. “It also breached its fiduciary duties, including its duty to honor written plan terms and its duty of loyalty, because its conduct serves Cigna’s own economic self-interest and elevates Cigna’s interests above the interests of plan member patients,” according to the lawsuit.

Paige Minemyer, Fierce Healthcare [9/13/22]

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