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CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield sued for hacking incident

Not to be left out, plaintiffs filed suit against CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield late last week for the hacking incident the insurer suffered in May, which resulted in unknown intruders gaining access to names, dates of...more

Changes to the Terms of BCBSM’s Administrative Services Contracts in the Wake of Hidden Fees Suits

Effective January 1, 2016, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan ("BCBSM") will implement significant changes to the Administrative Services Contracts ("ASCs") issued to its self-funded customers. Notably, BCBSM has attempted to...more

Chasing Payments: District Court Holds that Providers Lack Standing to Sue ERISA Plans for Benefits if the Patients Remain Liable...

A district court in Tennessee recently rejected ERISA claims by healthcare providers against a plan insurer, holding that the providers lacked standing to sue under ERISA as their patients’ assignees. Brown v. Blue Cross...more

Investors Should Be Aware of an Interesting Blue Cross Antitrust Case

It was recently reported that Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS), along with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, was sued across all states in a class action brought by two types of plaintiffs. One plaintiff class reflects...more

Insurer Escapes Antitrust Suit, But Hospital Must Continue the Fight

A large regional health insurer extricated itself from an antitrust suit, leaving the dominant local hospital to square off alone versus an ambulatory surgical center (ASC). The U.S. District Court for the Southern District...more

CareFirst, Third Major Health Insurer This Year To Be Hit By Cyberattack

On May 20, 2015, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (“CareFirst”) announced that it was the latest victim of a major cyberattack, with as many as 1.1 million plan customers affected. Current and former CareFirst members and...more

Blog: CareFirst Discloses Data Breach

CareFirst, a Blue Cross Blue Shield plan serving the Washington D.C. metro area, became another in a line of health insurers to suffer a data breach as a result of hackers. CareFirst and the FBI are examining the breach...more

Businesses May Have Until At Least 2017 To Recover Hidden Access Fees Taken By Blue Cross Blue Shield

Great news for the hundreds of businesses from which Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan charged hidden fees: a federal court's recent ruling indicates that the businesses have several more years to file claims against BCBSM...more

CareFirst Suffers Cyberattack, Data Breach of 1.1 Million Customers’ Information

BREAKING NEWS: Health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield disclosed today that hackers gained access to one of its databases, exposing personally identifiable information for approximately 1.1 million people....more

ERISA (3rd Circuit): Even a Voluntary Settlement Can Mean “Some Success on the Merits” When Awarding Attorney Fees?

You know that a court has discretion to award attorney fees under ERISA if a party shows “some degree of success on the merits.” But how do you define “success”? A new third circuit case reminds one of that old Milton...more

Federal Court Rejects BCBSM’s “Schedule A” Argument

In a recent decision in one of the many cases against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan seeking return of hidden administrative fees, a federal court rejected one of BCBSM's primary arguments. BCBSM has consistently argued...more

Federal Judge Rules BCBSM’s “Value of Blue” Report Did Not Disclose Hidden Fees

A federal judge in the case of Alma Products v. BCBSM recently agreed with arguments presented by Varnum that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's "Value of Blue" report did not reveal that it was charging hidden fees (often...more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2015

Health Insurance Company’s HIPAA Breach Affects Millions. At the end of January, a national BlueCross BlueShield affiliate, Anthem, Inc., discovered that its information technology systems were hacked. The information...more

Anthem Data Breach Requires Plan Sponsor Attention

On January 29, 2015, Anthem Inc., one of the largest managed health care companies in the country, disclosed that the sensitive personal data of almost 80 million current and former participants in its network was breached in...more

Insurer’s Agreements with Providers Are Not Per Se Antitrust Violations

The Iowa Supreme Court refused to categorize a health insurer’s agreements with providers in Iowa and its participation in the national Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) network as per se violations of the antitrust laws. ...more

New Venture Seeks to Support Independent Physicians in Texas

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas are launching a new services company, TMA PracticeEdge, to facilitate bringing the benefits of value-based reimbursements to the state’s independent...more

Honored in the Breach: Employer Action Items for an Insurer Data Breach

This morning, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, one of the largest health insurers in the country, notified its policyholders, members, and business partners that it was recently the target of an external cyber attack that...more

BCBSNC Release of Data

After objecting to the release of hospital reimbursement rates mandated under North Carolina’s Health Care Cost Reduction and Transparency Act of 2013 (NCGS Section 131E-214.5), Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina...more

California Court of Appeal Rules That California Regulation Section 1300.71(a)(3)(B) Is Not the Exclusive Standard for Valuing the...

Children’s Hospital Central California v. Blue Cross of California (2014) 226 Cal.App.4th 1260, involved a dispute between a hospital and a health plan over the reasonable value of the post-stabilization medical services that...more

From Competitors to Co-Adventurers, Seven Hospital Systems Join with Anthem Blue Cross to Shake Things Up in Southern California

Anthem Blue Cross and seven competing hospital systems in Southern California are joining forces to establish a new health plan offering, Vivity.[1] Operating with a combined 14 hospitals and approximately 6,000 physicians,...more

Illinois Blues Won’t Let Hospitals Jointly Negotiate Unless They’re Married

Remember when Hollywood wouldn’t show an unmarried couple in bed together? Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Illinois is taking that approach to contract negotiations. If hospitals want to negotiate jointly with the insurer, they...more

ERISA Litigation Review

The courts have been busy in 2014, addressing a variety of issues in the employee benefits field in decisions that impact everyone from union travelers to ESOP fiduciaries. This advisory summarizes a selection of the 2014...more

Missouri Courts Scrutinize Employment Arbitration Agreements

Demonstrating once again that Missouri may be the most difficult state in which to enforce an employment arbitration provision, the Missouri Supreme Court in Baker v. Bristol Care, Inc., et al. invalidated an employment...more

Imagination-in-Pleading Award

When Oklahoma Blue Cross-Blue Shield terminated Dr. Gude’s provider agreement, he decided to fight back. He sued the Blues in federal court, alleging they had violated—and this is the imaginative part—Oklahoma’s Consumer...more

Shifting to Value-Based Reimbursement

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association released an interesting survey over the summer (July 2014) that provides further evidence of the change that is now happening in the American healthcare delivery system....more

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