FARIBAULT, Minn., April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This is a Summary Notice to inform you of a Class Action Settlement that may affect your rights. You can obtain a copy of the full Notice, which explains your rights in more detail at www.pposettlements.com.
The proposed Settlement resolves a purported class action lawsuit captioned Richard C. Coy, D.C. d/b/a Coy Chiropractic Health Center, P.C., and Lawrence Shipley, D.C., v. CCN Managed Care, Inc. and First Health Group Corp., Circuit Court of Madison County, Illinois, Case No. 04-L-1055, in which Plaintiffs claim that CCN Managed Care, Inc. (f/k/a Community Care Network, Inc.), and First Health Group Corp., (collectively First Health), operated PPO networks through which healthcare payors improperly discounted the bills of healthcare providers who treated Illinois claimants covered by workers' compensation programs or automobile insurance policies. The First Health Defendants deny these claims. The Settlement is not an admission of wrongdoing or that any law or duty was violated.
All healthcare providers in Illinois whose reimbursement for medical services and products relating to the treatment of an Illinois workers' compensation claimant or a person covered by an automobile insurance policy was reduced pursuant to a network operated by First Health (including CCN), from September 24, 1994 through December 11, 2008.
If the Settlement is approved, First Health will make a contribution of $1.25 million to non-profit organizations that support medical education and/or workplace safety in Illinois. First Health also will undertake marketing efforts to increase use of its provider networks. Further, if the settlement is approved, First Health will add language to its provider contracts and issue statements regarding the absence of requirements for financial incentives to Illinois patients in workers' compensation programs and automobile accident policies. First Health also will allow for expedited withdrawal from and reinstatement to its networks, and will pay all notice costs and settlement costs, including incentive awards and attorneys' fees and expenses.
If you are a Class Member, you may request to be excluded from the Class, or object to or comment on the Settlement. If you are a Class Member and don't want to be legally bound by the Settlement, you must exclude yourself by April 24, 2009. The full Notice describes how to exclude yourself.
If you do not exclude yourself and the Court approves the Settlement, you will be bound by the Settlement and potential claims you might have against the First Health Defendants as specified in the Settlement will be released.
If you stay in the Settlement, you may write to the Court and object to or comment in favor of the Settlement by April 24, 2009. The Court will hold a hearing in this lawsuit in the Circuit Court of the Third Judicial District, Madison County, Illinois, on May 26, 2009 to consider whether to approve the settlement and to award attorneys' fees and expenses to the attorneys who represent the class, and to award incentive awards to the plaintiffs. You may appear at the hearing, but do not have to.
For more details, go to www.pposettlements.com.
|SOURCE PPO Settlement Administrator|
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