The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has granted preliminary approval of a $350 million settlement in a lawsuit that the American Medical Association and two state medical societies filed against health insurer UnitedHealth Group.

The suit is one of at least four the AMA and several societies have filed against insurers that used databases from Ingenix Inc. to price out-of-network claims. Ingenix is a subsidiary of Minneapolis-based UnitedHealth Group. Suits also were filed against Aetna, Cigna and WellPoint. The suits alleged that the insurers conspired to underpay physicians for out-of-network services.

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