Insurance giant United Healthcare carking down on ER claims

United Healthcare is taking a page out of a competitors playbook to crack down on ER claims that critics say will be harmful to patients and hospitals. On March 1 United Healthcare launched a policy directed at hospital claims for ER case that involve the most intensive and costliest services. The intent is to address inconsistencies in coding accuracy. Hospitals will see claims reduced or denied when coding was inappropriate, the insurer bulletin said.