|Who are you again?|
Elisabeth Rosenthal, NYT, Sept 20. 2014, tells an extremely long "who shot John" story about a guy who negotiated payments to his hospital, anesthesiologist, and orthopedist before neck surgery--but was rather shocked to get a $117,000 bill from some doctor he never heard of and never consented to.
The man was in pain, sick, scared, had negotiated and called around--and still, bam!
This even has a name--driveby doctoring. In this case, the guy was an assistant surgeon brought in.. This made him out of network--meaning a huge fee.
The patient ended up paying $3K--on a $6,200 bill (negotiated).
You can be lying on a gurney before surgery or after and every face you see may bill. Or docs may drop by and ask how you are--wait for it--they will bill. Who called them? No one ever knows.
This whole deal is wacky! I remember having a eye infection and they put tape on the lid to keep it closed--the rate they wanted to cut that tape in a crescent and slap it on was $6,500. they didn't get it, but you see where I am going.
One guy with back surgery was billed by 10 providers in 24 hours.
The person who walks you to the john after surgery may be a physical therapist who wants $400 for this little stroll.