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Daily Digest – December 2. State Appeals Court Rules Lack of License Not Enough to Sever Arbitration; Hospital Network Fined $2.1M For Billing Issues

STATE APPEALS COURT RULES LACK OF LICENSE NOT ENOUGH TO SEVER ARBITRATION

  • A state Appeals court in New Jersey has upheld a lower court’s ruling that a debt buyer that purchased a delinquent account and subsequently sued to collect on the unpaid debt is entitled to the same arbitration clause from the original agreement, even though the debt buyer was not licensed in New Jersey.

HOSPITAL NETWORK FINED $2.1M FOR SENDING PHI TO WRONG PATIENTS IN BILLING STATEMENTS

  • The Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) has announced a $2.1 million settlement with a healthcare network that was accused of violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mailed bills to individuals that contained the protected health information of other patients.

HEALTHCARE NETWORK TO STOP SUING PATIENTS AS ADVOCATES WANT HOSPITALS TO CUT TIES WITH DOCTORS WHO COLLECT ‘AGGRESSIVELY’

  • Another healthcare network has announced it is instructing its network of third-party collection agencies to stop filing lawsuits against individuals with unpaid medical debts as consumer advocates call for non-profit hospitals to stop working with doctors who “aggressively pursue” individuals with unpaid bills.

SUPREME COURT SETS DATE TO HEAR ARGUMENTS IN CFPB CONSTITUTIONALITY CASE

  • Along with looking forward to a final debt collection rule in 2020, the accounts receivable management industry can now add another important date to their calendars.

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