Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society and three doctors have settled a class-action lawsuit brought by the doctors regarding payment and reimbursement for services. The settlement will boost claim payments by $40 million over the next two years and streamline the reimbursement process, officials said. The Independence Blues said it will fully disclose fee schedules, policies and procedures to physicians. It also promised to process claims according to established standards and set up a resolution process for payment disputes. The insurer denied the allegations of the class- action litigation but said it agreed to the settlement to avoid lengthy and costly litigation. The doctors said they believe their claims were justified but that they too agreed to settle to avoid litigation. Notice of the proposed settlement is available at the orthopedic society's Web page, www.paorthosociety.org.
Pa. Blues plan, orthopedic docs settle dispute
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