I think every state could use an Andrew Cuomo.  It is interesting now that Ingenix is gone that the industry still feels a need for such a tool. BD 

From his post as New York’s attorney general, Andrew Cuomo has become a one-man health-reform show.

WellPoint, the nation’s largest health insurer, today became the latest to say it’s abandoning a database used for years to determine how much insurers pay out-of-network doctors. Cuomo has accused insurers of underpaying doctors based on the “defective” data. WellPoint will pay $10 million to help fund an independent, nonprofit replacement database. (See Cuomo’s release here.)

Other major insurers to yield to Cuomo on this issue are UnitedHealth Group, which has operated the original database, along with Cigna and Aetna.

Health Blog : Andrew Cuomo Carries Big Stick on Health Reform

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