Feds Paid Too Much For Nearly Half Of UnitedHealth’s Medicare Advantage Patients, Audit Says
Three years of confidential negotiations between the insurer and the federal government were recently released in an audit. Elsewhere, N.J. Sen. Robert Menendez loses his bid to move his trial over corruption charges from his home state to Washington, D.C.
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Audit: Feds Overpaid For Half Of Patients In UnitedHealth Medicare Advantage Plan
Federal officials have spent years locked in a secret legal battle with UnitedHealth Group, the nation's biggest Medicare Advantage insurer, after a government audit detected widespread overbilling at one of the company's health plans, newly released records show. The audit found that Medicare paid too much for nearly half of a sample of patients enrolled at PacifiCare of Washington state, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. (Schulte, 6/17)
Senator Menendez Loses Bid To Move Trial Out Of New Jersey
U.S. Senator Robert Menendez’s bribery case will remain in his home state of New Jersey, a judge ruled in an early setback for the indicted lawmaker. The Democrat was charged April 1 with illegally taking almost $1 million in campaign donations, luxury travel and other gifts from Salomon Melgen, a Florida eye doctor. Melgen, who was indicted with Menendez, joined him in asking U.S. District Judge William Walls in Newark to transfer the case to Washington. (Voreacos, 6/16)