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Can a physician in good standing be legally banned from a

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Can a physician in good standing be legally banned from a medical insurance company as a provider?
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Indiana and California
JA: Has anything been filed or reported?
Customer: United Health Care has refused to recredential my husband because during the course of his twenty year career he settled four lawsuits four of which occurred fifteen years ago in Pennsylvania.
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: His removal from the network was based on a more recent case in Indiana where he was not the primary physician but was named in the suit.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 11 months ago.


Thank you for your patience and thank you for using Just Answer. I want to provide you the best service I can. Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you have.

I am an attorney with 30 years of experience including extensive experience in the regulation of health care professionals. I hope to provide you information that will help you in resolving your question.

Unfortunately the insurance companies do have fairly broad discretion in regard to accepting physicians (and other professionals) into their network. They do not rely simply on the licensing Board's determination (or even the specialty board certification) as to whom they will accept.

This does NOT mean that your husband is without remedy. There are two steps that he can (and should pursue):

1) All insurance companies are required to have an internal appeal process through which a professional can appeal the determination of the insurer not to include them in the network.

2) If he is unsuccessful in the internal appeal he can sue the insurance company for "Restraint of Trade."

In either of these instances the process can be a little complicated. I know that your husband must be very intelligent to have become a physician. I worked very closely with physicians for many years and most of them believe they can be their own attorneys. Usually, it doesn't work out as well for them than if they retained a health care law attorney with experience fighting these credentialing issues.

The state medical society is a good place to get a referral to such attorneys.

If you Google: "California medical credential attorneys"

you will find some as well.

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Good luck.

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Kind regards,


Expert:  Gerald, Esq replied 11 months ago.

I hope I did not sound flip in regard to your husband. That is NOT my intention. I just want him to have the best chance at getting this turned around in his favor.

Kind regards,