Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Crazy Billing

I did something incredibly stupid -- which is I got five separate "leftover" bills from Lenox Hill Hospital -- three for $100, one for $200 and one for $600. This was what I owed various doctors after insurance paid. I had them in a neat little pile -- stand by for STUPID -- and I shredded them.

Ok, so this morning I called Lenox Hill to get duplicates... went through various offices... finally got the right woman who searched and searched and said I don't owe any money to Lenox Hill. That sort of makes sense as these claims were all new and didn't come up in the "manage my claims" at UHC.

I told her I'd wait 30 days  and see what the system spits out. The moral of this story is: Don't pay your bills; just shred them, right??


Barbara said...

You may still owe them because the bills may have come from the individual doctor's billing service, not the hospital. In any event I think you're safe to just wait -- I'm sure they will send you another bill.

Pat said...

I know. I'm not counting my chickens yet, but the letterhead was lenox hill so they issued them; however, the check went to the doctors. So we'll see. At least I'm off the hook temporarily.