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St. Vincent Infirmary Building

When Nicholas Dorado was injured in an auto accident, he discovered that the facility that treated him did not immediately submit the bills to his insurance company but looked for higher payments than those the insurance company was willing to make. This class action sues St. Vincent Community Health Services, Inc., St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, Catholic Health Initiatives Physician Services, LLC, and their insurer First Initiatives Insurance, Ltd. for changing 

Medical Transportation Helicopter and Two Men Wheeling Gurney with Patient

If you are sick or injured, you may need to be transported by air to a specific hospital or other facility. The complaint for this class action alleges that Air Methods Corporation and Rocky Mountain Holdings, LLC set prices for air transportation of patients that are four times what a fair price would be.

Poinciana Medical Center

Emergency room bills are usually high—and sometimes higher than patients realize. In this class action, the complaint alleges that HCA Healthcare, Inc. imposes a surcharge for emergency room visits, in addition to charges for the actual services provided, that it does not tell patients about at the time of their emergency room visit.

Lifeguard Ambulance

Problems have arisen in recent years about the costs of medical assistance, the ability of patients to freely assent to those costs, and the outsized nature of the costs themselves. The complaint for this class action alleges that Lifeguard Ambulance Service, LLC attempted to recover transportation costs from a patient that she had never agreed to.

Kadlec Regional Medical Center Building

The complaint for this class action alleges that the Kadlec Regional Medical Center’s emergency room charges a “cover charge”—a fee in addition to the itemized fees—for being seen at the center’s emergency room. The fee is not disclosed to patients at the time of their treatment and the complaint claims that this is “a substantial factor in an emergency care patient’s decision to remain at the hospital and proceed with treatment.”

AmerisourceBergen Warehouse

The allegations made in this complaint are startling: that companies paid doctors to misdiagnose patients “for the purpose of increasing sales” of the companies’ expensive immunoglobulin (IVIG) to increase their profits. The companies are a related group: I.g.G. of America, Inc. and IHS Acquisition XXX, Inc. are units of US Bioservices Corporation, which itself is a unit of AmerisourceBergen Corporation. The four together call themselves AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group. 

Cancer Patient Undergoing Treatment

When is it a bad idea to give someone with a serious disease hope? When you’re highlighting an atypical case so that it’s false hope, says the group Truth in Advertising (TINA.org). It’s talking about commercials for cancer treatment centers that use testimonials from patients who recovered, even though the chances of survival with certain kinds of cancers may be slim.

Washington Regional Medical Center Building

This class action takes on another practice of the convoluted US healthcare system in which injuries sustained in a car accident may not be paid for by the injured person’s medical insurance. The complaint claims that plaintiff Curtis Randolph was treated at Washington Regional Medical Center (WRMC), a hospital within his insurer’s network, but that the hospital did not go to the insurer for reimbursement but instead pursued Randolph, sought funds from his auto insurer, and filed a lien filed on his potential personal injury recovery from the accident. 

Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Washington

Northwest Hospital in Kings County, Washington has agreed to settle a class action claiming that it violated the state’s Charity Care Laws by not screening all emergency department patients to see if they qualified for financial assistance.

Oxycontin Bottle and Pills

Our country has an opioid epidemic.

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