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Blue Shield seeks $10.5 million in damages from O.C. doctor group
Los Angeles Times

Blue Shield of California has demanded $10.5 million in damages from a large Orange County physician group that was recently acquired by rival insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc., a sign of rising tension as insurers and hospitals snap up more medical providers in advance of federal reform.

The nonprofit insurer said Wednesday that it had filed a demand for binding arbitration with Monarch HealthCare of Irvine, the largest physician group in Orange County, which contracts with 2,300 independent doctors and serves 176,000 patients.

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