Docs protest as insurers trim Advantage networks in reaction to rate reductions

By Andis Robeznieks and Paul Demko

(Updated with comment from the American College of Cardiology on Oct. 28, 2013.)

Dr. Mitchell Lipton learned that he might lose up to 25% of his patients when he received letters from UnitedHealthcare and EmblemHealth informing him that he was being terminated from their Medicare Advantage networks as of Jan. 1.

“Over a thousand patients are affected,” said Lipton, a solo practice internist and cardiologist in Brooklyn. “My staff is afraid someone is going to get fired.”

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