Roy Lester Schneider Hospital, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, has filed a $5.1 million federal lawsuit against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of the U.S. Virgin Islands, a subsidiary of Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia, for allegedly failing to pay thousands of medical claims between 1998 and 2001. The amount includes $4 million for the treatment of patients and $1.1 million in interest. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in St. Thomas, claims the insurer breached a 1998 contract that said all uncontested bills would be paid within 30 days. "This has been going on for more than two years now, and a lawsuit has been the last remedy the hospital has pursued in collecting this money," Schneider President and CEO Rodney Miller Sr. said in a news release. The Blues, however, said the 133-bed hospital has denied the insurer access to financial records and has yet to prove that the claims are valid. "Blue Cross is willing to pay what it owes to Roy L. Schneider Hospital, but no more than it owes. It is not willing to pay for unsubstantiated claims," the company said in a news release. No court date has been set. -- by Laura B. Benko
Virgin Islands hospital sues Independence Blues unit
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