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Patients “Deceived” and “Scammed” by ER Fees

Patients “Deceived” and “Scammed” by ER Fees August 18, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Patients treated at ER, sometimes for minor issues, say they aren’t told their insurance is out-of-network and that emergency room fees, including certain tests and procedures, will wind up costing them thousands and thousands of dollars.
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Emergency Room Overcharges Patient now Debt Collector Victim

Emergency Room Overcharges Patient now Debt Collector Victim July 16, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Arley, AL Catrina arrived at the hospital emergency room bent over in pain--three days later she was sent home after having her gallbladder removed. The surgery went well--until the bills arrived. Particularly galling was a CT Scan charge about three times more than the national average cost--a typical example of ER overcharges. (Granted, scans are typically more expensive when ordered in an ER.) Her total bill rings in at 86,381.04.

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No Surprises Act to Eliminate ER Overcharges?

No Surprises Act to Eliminate ER Overcharges? June 15, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Although the “No Surprises Act” will be in effect January 1, 2022, the first regulations are slated for July 2021. If all goes according to plan, patients to emergency rooms will no longer be hit with outrageous ER overcharges or receive surprise bills in the mail, mainly due to out of network treatment.
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Emergency Room Opportunity to Overcharge

Emergency Room Opportunity to Overcharge May 21, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Houston, TX Nick was working at his home office when he suddenly felt the left side of his body go numb and a searing pain in his lower back. “Thank God my wife was home. She drove me to the nearest urgent care center but a sign on the door said it was “running at capacity” and couldn’t see any patients that day,” says Nick. “We googled the nearest emergency room—at this point I was almost passing out. And I almost passed out two weeks later when my ER bill came in the mail. I’d heard about ER overcharges but this was ridiculous!”
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Emergency Room Overcharges Complaints Outrageous but True

Emergency Room Overcharges Complaints Outrageous but True April 14, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Many emergency room overcharges complaints submitted to LawyersandSettlements are so outrageous they seem fictional. Sadly, they are true. In each complaint below, the patient’s bill isn’t even close to the “going rate”.
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Emergency Room Overcharges Attorney Helps—if you are Committed

Emergency Room Overcharges Attorney Helps—if you are Committed April 1, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA Attorney Barry Kramer may be able to get your emergency room services reduced, but his goal is to change the hospital system and stop ER overcharges for everyone. If you think your hospital has overcharged you for their services and you’re willing to go the distance, and if you want to make a difference and help others, read on.
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Two Former Cardiologists Awarded $10.6 million for Reporting Patient Care Problems and Overcharging

Two Former Cardiologists Awarded $10.6 million for Reporting Patient Care Problems and Overcharging February 28, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Detroit, MI Tenet Healthcare was accused of acting with malice when a Michigan hospital demoted two cardiologists after the complained about cost-cutting measures, overcharging and substandard patient care. The doctors filed a False Claims lawsuit and retaliation is costly—to the tune of $10.6M.
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Insured Californians Getting Gouged by Out-of-Network Providers

Insured Californians Getting Gouged by Out-of-Network Providers June 16, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Back in 2017, a law was passed to protect Californians against surprise medical bills for non-emergency care. Before that, AB1611 was proposed: it was supposed to protect against emergency room overcharges but California consumers are still getting gouged by out-of-network providers.
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Getting Caught Can Reduce Emergency Room Overcharges

Getting Caught Can Reduce Emergency Room Overcharges May 14, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA Last year Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital reduced a patient’s emergency room charges from $20,243 bill down to $200—after the patient, Nina Dang, contacted the media. She broke her arm on the pavement in a bike accident. Can’t reach the media? Of course lawyers experienced with negotiating ER overcharges can also substantially reduce hospital costs, both for insured and uninsured patients. “It’s frustrating that I have to hire a lawyer, but so far it’s been worth it,” said another ER patient, Alexa Sulvetta.
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Emergency Room Overcharges –Surprise!

Emergency Room Overcharges –Surprise! April 16, 2020. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA Almost one-third of Americans with health insurance who wind up in an emergency room find out after the fact that their health plan doesn’t cover as much as they thought. Given that there are about 140 million ER visits each year, and “surprise” emergency room charges are so frequent that 59 percent of Americans have been contacted by a debt collector and 16 percent of Americans’ credit reports include medical debt due to overdue medical bills, it’s not such as surprise that this debt totals about $81 billion.
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