News Briefs: Anthem Must Face Lawsuit Involving Alleged Failure to Delete Inaccurate MA Diagnosis Codes

A New York District Court judge denied Anthem, Inc.’s request to transfer a False Claims Act lawsuit to another district and to strike allegations contained in an amended complaint. The suit in question was filed by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York in 2020 and alleges that while conducting chart reviews aimed at identifying additional diagnosis codes for obtaining risk adjusted payment through the Medicare Advantage program from 2014 to 2018, Anthem neglected “its duty to delete thousands of inaccurate diagnoses” and “often generated $100 million or more a year in additional revenue” as a result. According to an opinion filed by U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter on Sept. 30, the company now known as Elevance Health filed a motion to transfer this action to the Southern District of Ohio (or dismiss the suit altogether) and to strike portions of the complaint referencing the government’s settlements with other MA organizations or health care providers.

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Lauren Flynn Kelly

Lauren Flynn Kelly Managing Editor, Radar on Medicare Advantage

Lauren has been covering health business issues since the early 2000s and specializes in in-depth reporting on Medicare Advantage, managed Medicaid and Medicare Part D. She also possesses a deep understanding of the complex world of pharmacy benefit management, having written AIS Health’s Radar on Drug Benefits from 2004 to 2005 and again from 2011 to 2016. In addition to her role as managing editor of Radar on Medicare Advantage, she oversees AIS Health’s publications and manages the health editorial staff. She graduated from Vassar College with a B.A. in English.

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