Centene beats COVID-19 reimbursement lawsuit

A Connecticut medical practice's lawsuit alleging Centene failed to reimburse it for COVID-19 testing services has been thrown out after the practice missed a deadline to refile the case. 

Murphy Medical Associates filed its lawsuit against the payer in April 2022. It said in its suit that in March 2020, it invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in drive/walk-through COVID-19 testing sites throughout 14 communities in Connecticut and New York. In April of that year, Murphy began providing testing to Centene members through its health plans or its subsidiaries, Fidelis and WellCare. At the time of filing, Murphy alleged it had billed Fidelis and WellCare for a combined total of nearly $2.6 million for more than 2,240 claims but has been reimbursed only $187,029 in total from both.

Federal Judge Vanessa Bryant granted Centene's motion to dismiss the case in March but gave Murphy until May 1 to replead its case, according to court records.

That deadline passed without a new filing from Murphy, according to court records; Ms. Bryant dismissed the case in a May 5 order.

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