California Medical Association Files 7 Count Class Action Suite Again Blue Shield–Doctor Ratings Inaccurate With Unfair MD
Posted Sep 13 2010 8:24am
I guess my post about HealthGrades and their rating process was pretty timely as now we have the CMA challenging Blue Shield on their rating processes. The rating process is flawed as the insurance carrier does not review medical charts to determine if proper care is given and patient outcomes are not considered.
The name of the program is called “The Blue Ribbon Program” and the CMA further claims that not all physicians are eligible to obtain a rating in the program. The CMA also states that MDs across the state have long complained about the process.
The link below talks about how I found my own physician, who has been deceased for 6-7 years being listed on 8 different sites, along with some sites showing what insurance the deceased doctor honors. Personally I don’t think these sites do much and there’s nothing wrong with having a listing and allowing patients to add their comments but to run up doctors and hospitals on flagpoles is just marketing and nothing more than that and from the sound of this lawsuit, it’s not doing anyone any good. BD
OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - The California Medical Association has filed a 7-count class action against Blue Shield of California. The CMA claims the insurer's "Blue Ribbon Recognition Program," which "rates" doctors is an "economic profiling scheme that inaccurately and unfairly 'rates' the physician plaintiffs and members of the physician class through the use of an inherently flawed methodology."