Aetna’s Threats to Fire Doctors Who Referred Patients to Out-of-network is Legal?

Get ready to have your mind blown. After a 9 year battle the 2nd Appellate District’s ruled that:

Aetna’s threatening to fire doctors who referred patients to out-of-network facilities does not violate California’s unfair competition law, as the industry group advocating on its physicians’ behalf was not directly harmed by the insurer’s policy, an appellate court ruled on Wednesday. 

Feel free to close your mouth now. Can you imagine having any less power on the job than doctors have now? They cannot even advocate for their patient’s care without the ‘legal’ threat of being fired.

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