Hagens Berman: TeamHealth is the subject of a class action lawsuit accusing it of billing fraud in hospital and emergency rooms
SAN FRANCISCO – (COMMERCIAL THREAD)–A Class Action Against TeamHealth Details Widespread Fraudulent Medical Billing according to lawyers for Hagens Berman.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on July 10, 2020 indicates that TeamHealth has placed the private benefits on public health by setting up a business for the sole purpose of “profiting from patient health emergencies,” and s ‘is incurred in fraudulent billing rates and charges.
“TeamHealth monitors the terms of employment of its physicians, all physician staffing decisions and, more importantly, all the rates that its physicians and practice groups charge patients,” the lawsuit said. “The successful goal of this business is to maximize corporate profits while avoiding state bans on the practice of medicine in the workplace.”
“Most states ban the practice of medicine in the workplace, and for good reason. TeamHealth is exactly the kind of pseudo-health conglomerate that state laws are designed to stop, ”said Steve Berman, managing partner of Hagens Berman and lawyer representing the class of individuals. “Its only role has been to benefit those who are most vulnerable and in need – those who experience health emergencies. ”
“The name TeamHealth is the exact and utter antithesis of its role in the healthcare industry.
The private equity-backed company contracts with hospitals to support their emergency, intensive care, radiology and anesthesiology departments, supplying them with doctors and other medical professionals and their duties administrative. In 2016, TeamHealth boasted of controlling 17% of the emergency medicine market in the United States.
Lawsuit accuses Team Health Holdings of violating the law on organizations influenced and corrupted by racketeers through this company, including mail and wire fraud, as well as violating state laws on consumer protection.
TeamHealth’s fraudulent billing explained
From a patient perspective, TeamHealth healthcare professionals appear to be employed by the hospitals in which they operate. Their staff work within the hospital and do not wear uniforms or other clothing that would identify them as non-hospital staff. Nonetheless, TeamHealth is a separate entity from the hospitals it contracts with, lawyers say. Patients only learn of this reality when they receive a separate invoice from TeamHealth.
The lawsuit says TeamHealth is sending fraudulent bills to patients for the care they received from TeamHealth doctors. These invoices contain grossly inflated charges for medical treatment, charges which TeamHealth is not legally entitled to recover. And TeamHealth knows it.
“Patients don’t sign any documents with TeamHealth, let alone agree on the price. Yet TeamHealth’s fraudulent billing firm ruthlessly pursues patients for far more than the reasonable value of their services, through a medical debt collector that is a subsidiary of TeamHealth. Fraudulent billing company TeamHealth has sued thousands of patients over the past few years, including patients who would be entitled to free care and reduced rates under hospitals’ ‘charitable care’ programs. indicates the trial.
As hospitals have reported, “TeamHealth emergency physicians expect to be paid nearly three times the median rate of network physicians at participating hospitals, and their billed fees are even higher, at more than four times. times the median rate, ”the complaint states.
“As TeamHealth bills and sues its own patients for debt and duress, 60% of Americans cannot afford to pay an unexpected medical bill over $ 1,000 and 66.5% of all state bankruptcies – United are owed in whole or in part to medical debt, “said Berman.
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP is a consumer rights class action law firm with nine offices across the country. The firm’s steadfast commitment to defending plaintiff rights has earned it numerous accolades, awards and national titles as “Most Feared Complainant Firm” and MVPs and pioneers in class action law. You can find more information about the law firm and its successes at www.hbsslaw.com. Follow the company for updates and news at @ClassActionLaw.