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This is a medical law question - I have a relative who lives

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This is a medical law question - I have a relative who lives with me that is ill. Mobile blood draws are required. The other day the technician called the night before and we confirmed the 2 hr window of time they would visit. We had to leave unexpectedly. The technician left a door knocker (letting us know they were there) and my independence Blue Cross was billed. We live outside of Phila, PA. Can they bill for visiting?
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Yes, they can bill for the visit although the insurance company may not pay for it.

Dwayne B. :

Many medical providers, doctor's offices included, are not billing for missed appointments.

Dwayne B. :

The reasoning is that they have to pay their staff, the expenses of going to the location, etc. and during that time period they could have been elsewhere providing services.

Dwayne B. :

I've only seen these go to court a few times but in all those instances the court upheld the right to charge based on a legal principle known as "quantum meruit".

Dwayne B. :

The only way that the answer would be different would be if you had a contract with the medical provider that prevented them from charging for this.

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It's becoming much more commonplace.

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Customer: can you please send the original answer again - I need to send it on. Thanks !!
Dwayne B. :


Yes, they can bill for the visit although the insurance company may not pay for it.







Many medical providers, doctor's offices included, are not billing for missed appointments.







The reasoning is that they have to pay their staff, the expenses of going to the location, etc. and during that time period they could have been elsewhere providing services.







I've only seen these go to court a few times but in all those instances the court upheld the right to charge based on a legal principle known as "quantum meruit".







The only way that the answer would be different would be if you had a contract with the medical provider that prevented them from charging for this.



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Customer: And I think you meant to say drs offices ARE billing for missed appts ? Instead of NOT BILLING ...? Thanks
Dwayne B. :

Correct. My bad.

Customer: Ok (no problem)
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Anything else I can assist with?

Customer: Nope, not now & I will leave excellent feedback
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Thanks much and best wishes to you and your friend!

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