Anthem Blue Cross will pay more than $3.2 million to medical providers under a settlement reached this week with California regulators related to the company's mishandling of overdue bills.
The California Department of Managed Health Care said Anthem owed doctors and other providers interest on claims that were paid late from 2007 to 2011.
The state said Anthem, the state's largest for-profit health insurer, must make these payments, including penalties, within 120 days. Officials said Anthem also must make changes to its claims processing, including improved training and additional audits.
Brent Barnhart, director of the Department of Managed Health Care, said "the proper payment of claims is crucial to the success of California's healthcare delivery system.”