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Hogan Lovells Secures Denial of Class Motion for HMO in Health Plan Bundling Case

14 October 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C., 14 October 2011 – Hogan Lovells announced today that it secured a significant victory for its clients, Renown Health and Hometown Health, in a ruling from the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. In the 7 October decision relying on Dukes v. WalMart, the court denied class certification to a primary care physician who had alleged that the defendant, Hometown Health, Inc. and its affiliates, including Renown Health, failed to pay appropriate amounts to physicians for their medical claims.

“This ruling is a significant step forward, and we are pleased to have obtained such a favorable result for our client,” said Hogan Lovells partner Emily M. Yinger.

In rejecting the plaintiff’s motion to certify a class, the court found that the plaintiff had failed to show after more than a year of discovery that Renown and Hometown Health’s use of computerized claims editing software perpetrated a widespread policy of delaying payment or underpaying physicians.

The Hogan Lovells team was led by Regional Managing Partner Emily M. Yinger and included partner N. Thomas Connally, III and associate Michael M. Smith.

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