News Briefs: Facing Lawsuit, Cigna Defends Claims-Review Algorithm

A lawsuit filed July 24 in a California district court accuses Cigna Healthcare of violating a state law requiring insurers to give each claim a “thorough, fair and objective investigation.” The proposed class-action suit filed on behalf of two Cigna enrollees claims that the insurer uses the system PxDx to deny claims in bulk rather than examine them individually. It cites a ProPublica article published in March that found Cigna doctors denied over 300,000 requests for payment using PxDx over a two-month period in 2022, spending an average of just 1.2 seconds reviewing each request. Cigna, however, hit back in a press release issued July 27 “in response to recent media representations.” The insurer says that PxDx is “a simple process that has successfully helped accelerate payments to physicians for common, relatively low-cost tests and treatments over the last several years,” adding that patients “are not denied care through this review in any way — it occurs after the patient has received treatment and once their physician bills for the treatment.” What’s more, the “vast majority” of claims reviewed through the PxDx process are automatically paid, the firm said, adding that CMS and other health insurers use a similar process.

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