I was filled with nausea when I read THIS story about a plastic surgeon in CA who ruthlessly balance bills her ER patients. The good news is that the state is suing her after her refusal to cease and desist. She hopefully will lose her license.
She billed a pt’s insurance company for out of network benefits for fixing a guy’s fingertip he lost in a workplace injury. She wanted over 12 K but they gave her 3500$. She didn’t like that and instead of arguing with them about it, she billed the pt the rest! She got a lien put on his house and wrecked his credit! She continued to go after him even though the state told her to stop.
Her argument is that he was “stable” and that this was not an emergency! WTF?!?
The poor guy had a significant fingertip injury and although he was not “unstable” this clearly fit the definition of an emergency.
The saddest part is that I have seen this done by consultants at my hospital – mostly but not exclusively plastic surgeons.
It makes me want to puke. I hope she is made an example of and this greedy, unethical crap ends.