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Schnader Attorneys Presented NJCCA Program “The Scope of ERISA Preemption in Health Care Insurer-Provider Relationships”

On September 20, 2013 by Schnader

Schnader partners Catherine M. McGrath and Carl J. Schaerf presented the CLE program “The Scope of ERISA Preemption in Health Care Insurer-Provider Relationships” at the Association of Corporate Counsel New Jersey Chapter’s 11th Annual All-Day Conference on September 20, 2013 in Whippany, NJ. In the dispute between Access Mediquip LLC, a medical equipment provider, and UnitedHealth Group Inc. in its capacity as an ERISA plan administrator, the U.S. Department of Labor supported the provider and argued in its amicus brief that ERISA should not be used to leave providers without legal remedies for broken promises to pay for their services. This statement and the Fifth Circuit en banc decision reflect a trend that is changing the landscape for insurer-provider relationships and the applicability of State prompt pay and other provider protection laws. This program will discuss the UnitedHealth decision and present an overview of the split within the Circuit on a question of importance to insurers, administrators and providers.

The Association of Corporate Counsel New Jersey Chapter (NJCCA) is a chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), a global bar association serving the professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives.