UnitedHealthcare The cost-cutting measure entails a review of hospital claims for ED visits with Level 4 or Level 5 evaluation and management codes, which are used for patients with complex, resource-intensive conditions. (Photo: Shutterstock)

UnitedHealthcare is following the lead of Anthem with its new policy concerning emergency room visits.

Modern Healthcare reports that the policy, which launched nationally on March 1, means that the company “is reviewing and adjusting facility claims for the most severe and costly ED visits for patients enrolled in the company’s commercial and Medicare Advantage plans.”

Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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