TORRANCE, Calif.-Dialysis-services provider DaVita announced that the U.S. attorney's office in Philadelphia has asked to review the company's billing procedures and its financial relationships with physicians. The company said in a statement that it is cooperating with the probe, which is being conducted by the civil division of the federal prosecutor's office. According to the company's statement, criminal charges are not being contemplated against DaVita or its employees. A spokesman for the federal prosecutor was not available for comment by deadline.
LAS VEGAS-UnitedHealthcare, Minneapolis, said earlier this month that it will exit its HMO business in Nevada, transferring its 15,000 HMO and Medicaid members in Nevada to NevadaCare for undisclosed terms. Pending regulatory approval, the deal will make NevadaCare the state's second-largest HMO with 76,000 enrollees.
DENVER-Colorado will pay $17.2 million under a court-approved settlement to make up for a computer glitch that resulted in 40,000 beneficiaries being wrongly dropped from the state's Medicaid rolls. A class-action lawsuit sought reimbursement from the state for the beneficiaries and for the providers who gave free care to patients who should have been covered by Medicaid.