I've run across this twice in the past couple of weeks. We've settled a couple of cases where the doctors never submitted the related bills to Medicare or other health insurance. They are submitting "unrelated" bills, but holding related bills until the personal injury case is settled. Is this going to be a common occurrence now?
It has been a common occurrence for as far back as I can remember.
Keep in mind that medical providers have a fee schedule for billing patients. When they bill medicare, medicaid or health insurance they are limited by law or contract as to how much they can bill for and have to waive the rest.
If they bill the patient direct, they are not limited in how much they can bill so they hold the bills and retain a lien on the settlement for the full amount of the charges.
You, as a personal injury attorney, should be familiar with the concept of negotiating a lien compromise with medical providers before accepting a personal injury settlement for your client.
If you aren't familiar with that concept, let me know and I'll explain it to you.