Health insurers co-sign letter supporting Part B payment demos; 3 in 4 consumers worried about rising premiums, survey finds

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> National organizations that represent consumers, purchasers, healthcare professionals and health insurers sent a letter this week to federal health officials to express support for a controversial proposal to test new Medicare Part B payment models. Letter

> Seventy-six percent of consumers are extremely or somewhat concerned about increased costs from health insurers' 2017 rate proposals, according to a new survey from TransUnion. Survey results

> A contract dispute between UnitedHealthcare and Obstetrix Medical Group, which specializes in high-risk pregnancies and infants, has left thousands of Arizona parents unsure whether their medical care will be covered, The Arizona Republic reports. Article

AntiFraud News

> Less than a year after Cigna filed civil claims against Sky Toxicology, UnitedHealthcare has filed a similar lawsuit against the defunct Texas urine screening laboratory, claiming it paid $50 million for unnecessary drug screening tests, according to the Palm Beach Post. Article

> Law enforcement agents in Florida arrested 18 alleged participants of a widespread pharmaceutical fraud scheme that submitted $26 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare, but four others remain at large in Cuba, according to the Miami Herald. Article

And Finally… May the fourth be with you. Article