Health Diagnostic Laboratory pursues dismissal of Cigna's $84M lawsuit

Richmond, Va.-based Health Diagnostic Laboratory is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Cigna, which alleges the clinical laboratory defrauded the health insurer out of $84 million, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch report.

In its lawsuit, Cigna claims HDL waived Cigna members' co-payments, co-insurance or deductibles through "a fraudulent fee-forgiving scheme," according to the report. Cigna further alleges HDL submitted inflated bills to the insurer for reimbursement that didn't accurately reflect what the laboratory had charged patients.

HDL is requesting the lawsuit be dismissed and claims Cigna filed the lawsuit only to contain its own costs and not because of any improper actions by HDL. The clinical laboratory also claims Cigna doesn't have standing to bring the legal action, according to the report.

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