California hospital sues Regence BCBS over unpaid bills

Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego has filed suit against Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, alleging the insurer violated terms of their contract by failing to reimburse SMH for medical services, reports Northern California Record.

SMH filed a complaint against Regence in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Oct. 5. According to the complaint, the healthcare organizations have maintained a network contract since 1985. SMH alleges it provided extensive, life-saving treatment to a Regence policyholder from Aug. 28, 2014 through Jan. 7, 2015, resulting in total billed charges of more than $1.6 million.

SMH claims the insurer has failed to make any payments on the claim, despite repeated demands for reimbursement.

SMH seeks damages in excess of $1 million.

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