CareFirst is "crushing the economic life out of medical practice," says one angry critic. In Maryland, tempers flared after CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced reimbursement cuts. The Maryland State Medical Society--known in the state as MedChi--is protesting and calling on attorney general Mike Joseph Currant to investigate how CareFirst and UnitedHealth set prices. A CareFirst spokesman responds, "set fee schedules for our providers that are fair, reasonable and competitive." Not so, says MedChi. "These giant health plans are acting like the giant 800-pound gorillas they are" comments society president Dr. George Bone.
- read this article from the Baltimore Business Journal