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TeamHealth vs. United HealthCare Services

TeamHealth vs. United HealthCare Services December 21, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Knoxville, TN UnitedHealthcare claims that TeamHealth has submitted fraudulent claims to the insurer, to the tune of more than $100 million. The ER fees lawsuit claims that the emergency room staffing and billing company has been upcoding—using codes to deceive the insurer into overpaying—since 2016.
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ER Charged $1,200 for Nosebleed

ER Charged $1,200 for Nosebleed November 30, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Kansas City, KS Tony woke up late Saturday night with a nosebleed and not knowing what to do, his son drove him to emergency room at St. Lukes South Hospital. When Tony got the bill in the mail he almost had a stroke--a doctor had simply inserted into his nose a cotton ball sprayed with decongestant, which took a few minutes, but he was billed $1,200. There had to be an error.

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Physician Billed Exorbitant ER Overcharges

Physician Billed Exorbitant ER Overcharges November 28, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
San Diego, CA “Not only are these inflated ER overcharges unethical – I don’t understand how medical professionals can charge exorbitant fees for such little work,” says Michael Cutler MD, an urgent care physician. “People were ordering tests before the doctor even came in the door.”
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Patient is Charged ER Fees Without Being Seen

Patient is Charged ER Fees Without Being Seen November 12, 2021. By Jane Mundy.
Atlanta, GA After waiting in the Emory Decatur Hospital ER for seven hours to treat a head injury, Taylor Davis couldn’t wait any longer and went home. She later received an emergency room bill for $688.35. Are you familiar with the old English proverb that “Children should be seen and not heard”? Here’s a new American phrase: “Patients are charged for not being seen.”
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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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