Houston hospital voids charges for tests patients didn’t consent to

A lawyer for the health center said the clients who got the extra tests without approval will not be needed to spend for the tests..

United Memorial Medical Center in Houston is voiding charges for several clients who visited a drive-thru COVID-19 test website it ran after an internal investigation revealed clinicians administered and charged the patients for extra tests they didnt consent to, according to the Houston Chronicle..

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An internal audit revealed that a small number of clients got an additional breathing pathogen panel of tests without composed authorization. One patient said she was billed $2,715 for the extra laboratory work..

” It was brought to UMMCs attention that a handful of clients from the Kuykendahl Road evaluating website in Spring [Texas] were evaluated for the RPP panel without their previous written permission,” the legal representative stated, according to the report. “UMMC took those patient problems very seriously. After performing a comprehensive audit, UMMC got in touch with all of these clients, voided any insurance declares for services for which UMMC had actually no documented approval, and did not charge for the RPP tests.”.

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