RIVERSIDE, Calif., March 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a lawsuit filed in the federal District Court in the Northern District of California in San Jose, the experience of one patient, Jonathan Davidson, puts a spotlight on the large companies Hewlett Packard Enterprise and United HealthCare seeking to manipulate healthcare payment systems by cutting off a patient's life-saving care, as alleged in the lawsuit in which Mr. Davidson's Jonathan Davidson Law Firm is representing him. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HP) plans a merger this week with another giant computer services company, Computer Sciences Corporation, which has repeatedly been charged with systematically engaging in false or fraudulent practices in its business with Medicaid, the British National Health Service and others. In the merger, 120,000 or so HP employees are set to be "spun off" into a newly created HP-CSC merger company called "DXC Technology," with their prior HP sponsored health plan replaced by a "private exchange model" adopted for its "lower cost structure" for HP.
According to Jonathan Davidson, his case exemplifies the abuses that victimize millions of ill patients, including employees and others with company or group medical coverage, and also the public and taxpayers through inflated medical and health insurance costs.
According to Davidson's lawsuit, payment for the care and life support prescribed for him by his doctors was assured by HP and United HealthCare. But payments from Jonathan's care were cut off on January 19 by Hewlett Packard's medical benefits "administrator," United HealthCare (UHC), which is said to be the largest health insurance company in the United States. UHC in January generated a falsified medical record in an attempt to stop payment for Jonathan's care, which has been paid for through benefit arrangements with HP, his wife's employer. HP tried to cover the falsified medical information from UHC by claiming that the payment cutoff was merely sent "in error" and that "patient care management sent the standard computer generated letter without reviewing your case."
According to the federal lawsuit, from the diagnoses and orders of the physicians who have attended to his daily care, United HealthCare knows that Jonathan Davidson will die if he does not have the life support and skilled care that his doctors have prescribed for his disabling neurodegenerative disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. In defiance of Jonathan's attending physicians, UHC falsely claimed in its January 19 letter that the medical services prescribed for him "do not require special skills or training" or "trained medical personnel."
HP is again trying to cut off promised payment for Jonathan's life-saving medical care by transferring his wife on March 31 to the new merger company, DXC, that HP has created with CSC to buck up their IT and computing services businesses, which are targeted heavily on healthcare and government. The family is fighting to save Jonathan's life. They are taking his story to the media before HP, Computer Sciences Corporation and United HealthCare cut off the skilled medical care that keeps him alive.
Jonathan Davidson filed his amended federal complaint against HP and UHC in the federal District Court for the Northern District of California, in San Jose, on March 13, 2017.
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