Uncategorized

Blue Cross lobbyist in the clear

Blue Cross lobbyist Ken Wright will not face criminal charges after a bribery investigation conducted by the SBI.

The Insider confirmed the background story. Apparently Blue Cross was trying to squeeze $400,000 out of physician Eric Troyer. The insurer claimed that it overpaid the doctor and it wanted money back. Blue Cross was withholding claims payments until it got the $400,000.

Dr. Troyer told his legislator, Rep. Fred Steen, about the problem. Steen filed legislation that would establish some safeguards for doctors against Blue Cross. The new law would create an appeals process for physicians and protect those doctors who collect overpayments because of coding errors instead of fraud.

In his complaint Steen claimed that the Blue Cross lobbyist offered to forgive the doctor’s debt if the legislation was dropped.

Since criminal charges are not in the offing it will be interesting to see what happens with the legislation. Also, is Blue Cross still demanding the back payments?

I wonder why doctors don’t like insurance companies?

Check Also

Context is key for understanding Insurance Commissioner’s Affordable Care Act comments

Many people were surprised to see a story ...

The Latest Stories from NCPW

The post Welcome changes may be on tap for the A-F school grading system appeared first on NC Policy [...]

The post Legislative leaders announce plans to vote Thursday on HB2 repeal appeared first on NC Poli [...]

Embezzlement trial, incomplete financial statements cloud future of school that has received $1.2M i [...]

The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a ruling last week that will empower parents of disabled students t [...]

Featured | Special Projects

Trump + North Carolina
In dozens of vitally important areas, policy decisions of the Trump administration are dramatically affecting and altering the lives of North Carolinians. This growing collection of stories summarizes and critiques many of the most important decisions and their impacts.
Read more


HB2 - The continuing controversy
Policy Watch’s comprehensive coverage of North Carolina’s sweeping anti-LGBT law.
Read more