GUEST POST – October 14, 2013
Note from Dan: The letter below was written by Mary Kay Goette of Blacksburg to a doctor (I’ve redacted his name) in Radford following an audit she requested from LewisGale – Montgomery Regional Hospital of the bill her husband, Ellery Seitz, received after outpatient sinus surgery earlier this year. It’s followed by an earlier letter Goette and her husband received from LewisGale regarding their complaint about the size of the bill. She also copied me on the itemized bill they received from the hospital, which among other things lists the charge for 174 minutes in the operating room at $26,796.
October 3, 2013
Re: Hospital charges for sinus surgery performed on Ellery Seitz
Dear Dr. ———–,
Enclosed please find a copy of the itemized bill for $68,892 that I requested from LewisGale Hospital for charges incurred by my husband’s outpatient, routine sinus surgery performed by you on March 20, 2013. I’ve also enclosed the response from HCA to my request for an audit. As you can see, the only error they detected was that they neglected to charge for two “pharmacy items,” which added $212 to the hospital bill.
In addition to the more than $69,000 hospital bill, LewisGale also charged $15,576 for your surgical services, which brought the combined physician and hospital charges to over $84,500. Read more »