UnitedHealth Fined $20K Over Unfair Payment Practices
UnitedHealth Group will have to pay a $20,000 fine after California Department of Managed Health Care surveys found that its behavioral health plan, called Optum Health, had been engaging in unfair payment methods and denying provider claims. Specifically, the surveys found that payment authorization was withdrawn for 11 out of 20 claims after the services had been provided and that Optum rejected five out of 50 claims after authorization had been issued.
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