Having been the first health plan to say that it was going to stop hassling physicians back in 1999, I thought United was supposed to be behaving itself and promoting love, flowers and puppy-dogs all around with its providers. (Well apart from that quality ranking stuff in St Louis). Well apparently the answer is not exactly not exactly:
The Arizona Department of Insurance on Friday ordered United Healthcare to pay civil penalties totaling $364,750 — the largest fine in the department’s history — for violations of state insurance laws. State regulators said United Healthcare illegally denied more than 63,000 claims by doctors without receiving all of the information needed to accept or deny a claim. The company also failed to follow state laws for promptly notifying doctors and patients about about decisions and appeals, the state said. United also violated a 2002 agreement to correct previous violations, the state said.