I hope this message finds you well, present circumstances excluded. I am a licensed attorney familiar with billing laws and common practices. It is a pleasure to assist you today.
Unfortunately, this does practice does not violate the commonly accepted precepts of billing in healthcare related entities. It is certainly unusual. That said, behind the scenes, it is quite common that health care professionals monitoring their billing quite closely.
Based on the information that you have shared with me, I would not let this get to you at all. Chances are that the therapist assumed that this notification from her would come easier than if from some impersonal billing office. I think she was likely doing this as much out of care for you as anything. I could be wrong in that determination, but I have seen that practice in the past.
Also understand that this is not something to be embarrassed about. These providers know that people miss payments, make mistakes or simply lack the money to pay at times. They do not think less of you as a result. It is just part of the business of providing care.
Let me know if you have any other questions or comments.
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Best wishes going forward!