Friday, March 13, 2009

How To Bargain Medical Bills

The March 13, 2009 article of the New York Times advised patients how to haggle with doctors, hospitals and labs. Our clients and health care providers should read this so they know what to expect in the future. For the article:

Comment: Health care providers need to think about how to handle the collection side of the practice amidst lay-offs and economic problems. For physicians and other licensed providers, simply turning patients over to collections can trigger board complaints and other problems. Work on handling collections in an intelligent manner that considers risk management. Be wary as well of patients that may seek medical treatment without intention to pay. There was an article in the Los Angeles Times a couple of weeks ago about a woman who committed identity theft in order to obtain Botox treatments from two different clinics.

Any questions or comments should be directed to:  Tracy Green is a principal at Green and Associates in Los Angeles, California. They focus their practice on the representation of professionals, particularly health care professionals including individual physicians, corporate providers and group practices.


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