Four Connecticut doctors filed an antitrust suit alleging that UnitedHealth Group is forcing them to accept patients from the company's subsidiary, Oxford Health Plans, which the physicians said pays less and is fraught with red tape and poor customer service. UnitedHealth acquired Oxford last July and combined physician networks last month. The lawsuit, in Bridgeport (Conn.) Superior Court, described the move as an "orchestrated campaign" to place all physicians in the state "on an intolerably low fee schedule." The physicians are seeking class-action status. An Oxford spokeswoman said she could not comment on pending litigation but said the company "feels the integration is appropriate." The physicians alleged they were threatened with termination if they did not accept Oxford patients. The complaint said one physician was terminated, losing about 25% of his patients, after refusing to accept Oxford members. -- by Michael Romano
UnitedHealth accused of strong-arm tactics in Conn.
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