Image of building facade of UnitedHealthCare Beginning July 1, the insurer will eliminate all coverage for diagnostic tests at freestanding or hospital labs, including those in the health plan’s network, unless the facilities are a DDP.(Photo: Shutterstock)

The American Hospital Association (AHA) is challenging the provisions of a new UnitedHealtchcare policy.

The association sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission last week asking it to investigate the policy’s coverage for diagnostic tests and to explore rate hikes for temporary nurses. The letter was sent nearly a month after the agency announced that is studying the impact of physician group and health-care facility consolidation and is seeking data from six major insurers, including UnitedHealthcare.

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