Lawsuit concerning kidney dialysis treatment costs settled
BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts company has agreed to pay $32 million to end a lawsuit that alleged the company fraudulently profited from the treatment of kidney dialysis patients.
The agreement announced Monday ends a two-year legal battle between Beverly-based American Renal Associates and UnitedHealth Group.
The Salem News reports the suit alleged American Renal convinced patients in Florida and Ohio to switch insurance plans while they were already covered under Medicare and Medicaid.
As part of the settlement, the two companies entered into a three-year agreement to provide patients with UnitedHealth insurance with “more cost-effective” access to American Renal dialysis clinics. The companies released a joint statement saying they were pleased with the resolution.
American Renal did not admit to any wrongdoing as part of the settlement.
Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com