Friday, April 3, 2009

Are you being harassed by debt collectors or bill collectors for past due medical bills? Have you received proof that you actually owe these bills? Under HIPAA, patients have a right to access information which also can be used to verify the validity of a person's medical debt. You should send a certified letter to the collection agency requesting a detailed itemized statement, UB-04 coding abstract for hospital debts or CMS-1500 detailed statement for insurance provider debts.

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act states that you have the right to demand that the debt collector stop further contact until these documents are produced. The debt collector may not be able to produce these documents.

Contact us for assistance in understanding your rights.

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