Hospital Lawsuit Dismissal Favors Aetna
|By Lindy Washburn, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.)|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The case revolved around whether Meadowlands was paid as an in-network or out-of-network provider by Aetna. The difference in reimbursement can be huge: Out-of-network charges can be more than 10 times the contracted rate.
The hospital, which was acquired by
Patients were caught in the middle when the hospital billed them for the difference between Aetna's in-network rate and its charges.
After numerous complaints, the state
"We hope the hospital will continue to refrain from sending bills to members," said
A spokesman for the hospital,
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