GRETNA – A local hospital is suing a health insurance provider they claim did not pay them for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of care they provided.

Crescent City Surgical Centre Operating Company LLC filed suit against Coventry Health Care of Louisiana Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Dec. 4.

Crescent City Surgical Centre Operating Company, located at 3017 Galleria Drive in Metairie, asserts that they began operating in 2009 and that since that time have had a contract with Coventry Health Care of Louisiana Inc. who they allege did not provide them with enough benefits for patients holding their insurance. The plaintiff alleges that since they have contracted with the defendants they have billed them $732,472.34, but only received payment in the amount of $23,270.43. Crescent City Surgical Centre Operating Company claims Coventry still owes them a large amount of the expenses for the care of at least 32 patients.

The defendant is accused of failing to pay on an open account, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, detrimental reliance and unfair trade practices.

Damages in the amount of $709,201.91 is sought by the plaintiff.

Crescent City Surgical Centre Operating Company is represented by Daniel R. Martiny of Metairie-based Martiny & Associates LLC.

The case has been assigned to Division A Judge Raymond S. Steib Jr.

Case no. 733-477.

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