Health Maintenance Organizations, or HMO’s, are increasingly dominating the delivery of healthcare services. These HMO’s may offer economic benefits to some, but caution is warranted. HMO’s may make medical decisions based more on the “bottom line” of the company than the welfare of the patient. Wilner Hartley & Metcalf has been involved in cases where HMO’s have refused or limited care that was required and ordered by physicians.
Wilner Hartley & Metcalf will aggressively investigate any denial or limitation of service by an HMO.
WHM attorneys recently won a landmark case permitting aggrieved patients to receive compensation from their HMO’s for medical negligence. This decision, known as Land v. HMO, was the first in the area to permit this and was cited as a case of national importance.
Reply Brief of Appellants Robbie Lee Land and Donna Land to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 1/15/03; Order from the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in the Land case, 7/30/03.