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Justly Prudent files lawsuit against Optum, Inc. for discriminatory practices in medical reimbursement claims

Lawsuit alleges that Optum, Inc. and Optum Maryland intentionally discriminated against minority-owned toxicology lab that caused more than $1,000,000 in damages.

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April 23, 2024

UPPER MARLBORO, Maryland – Today, Justly Prudent announced the filing of a discrimination lawsuit on behalf of Choice Pain & Rehabilitation Center, LLC (“Choice Pain”) against Optum, Inc., and its Maryland operations, collectively referred to as “Optum.” The complaint, filed in the Circuit Court of Maryland for Prince George’s County, seeks redress for substantial financial losses incurred by Choice Pain due to Optum's discriminatory denial of insurance reimbursement claims.

According to the complaint, Choice Pain, a pain management practice operated by two African American physicians, has faced over a year of improper claim rejections by Optum, resulting in a loss exceeding $1 million. These rejections selectively targeted Choice Pain, while similar claims by non-minority-owned laboratories in the same region were approved.

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