February 27 is Deadline for Physicians to Collect Settlement Shares from Highmark Settlement

February 11, 2008

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The AMA encourages physicians who treated Blue Cross Blue Shield patients (between May 22, 1999, and May 31, 2007), to recover their portion of the $10 million Highmark Settlement Fund by February 27. The AMA has circulated the following details:

Five additional BCBS plans agree to pay out $10 million; file claim form by Feb. 27

If you treated a Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) patient at any time between May 22, 1999, and May 31, 2007, the AMA encourages you to collect your share of the $10 million Highmark Settlement Fund.

This latest settlement comes in addition to 22 BCBS plans that reached settlements earlier in the class action lawsuit brought by 90,000 physicians. Five of the settling BCBS plans in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and parts of Ohio—including Highmark Inc., Keystone Health Plan West Inc., Highmark West Virginia Inc. (also referred to as Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield), and Parker Benefits Inc. (also referred to as Super Blue Health Maintenance Organization)—have agreed to distribute approximately $10 million among eligible physicians who file a claim form by Feb. 27. Even if you have not treated an enrollee of one of these specific plans, you may still be eligible if you treated one or more enrollees of any BCBS plan that is a primary licensee (including an enrollee through a BCBS plan outside of your state or region).

If you think you may be eligible and have not yet received a notice in the mail, download the mailed notice, claim form and instructions that were mailed to physicians on Nov. 29, 2007. The completed claim form should be postmarked no later than Feb. 27 and sent to: Highmark/Mountain State, Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 3775, Portland, OR 97208-3775.

Download the AMA flier, "7 easy steps to maximizing your recovery from the $10 million Highmark settlement fund." Also, access an interactive settlement map that shows which BCBS plans and subsidiaries in your state have settled and which have not.