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December 17, 2021

Punitive Damages Awarded Against United Healthcare in Nevada Emergency Room Physician Case

A Nevada jury awarded TeamHealth, a private-equity backed emergency physician staffing firm, punitive damages of $60 million, in addition to $2.65 million in compensatory damages. The jury found United Healthcare guilty of unfair and abusive reimbursement practices, resulting in the punitive damages assessed against United Healthcare. The case focused on United Healthcare's underpayment for out-of-network emergency room services. United Healthcare plans to appeal the decision.