Physicians in South Florida have been granted class-action status in a lawsuit charging that Miami-based Neighborhood Health Partnership routinely delayed or downcoded medical claims, a state judge has ruled. Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Henry Harnage's ruling means that about 4,500 doctors can join in a class-action lawsuit against the for-profit company, the largest commercial HMO in Miami-Dade County and the second-biggest in neighboring Broward County with a total of about 200,000 members. The case is similar to a national class-action lawsuit alleging that several large insurers conspired to cut payments to hundreds of thousands of doctors. That lawsuit is scheduled for trial sometime in 2005.
Class action against S. Fla. HMO goes forward
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