Re: [MedicalBillers] Re: Patient refund after 2 yrs of service date
- Agreed, doesnt matter how old the payments and or service is. Refund.
From: Melinda <melindadocsmith@...>
Sent: Tue, May 15, 2012 12:36:51 PM
Subject: [MedicalBillers] Re: Patient refund after 2 yrs of service date
Great answer MaryAnn! I agree. She was just trying to see if there was some sort
of statute of limitations as to how long (years) that you only had to go back to
refund the patient. I didn't think so. Either way, the monies are owed and she
needs to refund the patient regardless of the timeframe.
Just my 2 cents...
Melinda Brown, CMBS
--- In MedicalBillers@yahoogroups.com, Maryann Burke <chiroblr@...> wrote:
> Send them back the money.Â YOU CAN'T BE PAID TWICE for the same thing.Â It's
>stealing.Â End of discussion.Â I don't care about any law, it's wrong.
> From: Melinda <melindadocsmith@...>
> To: MedicalBillers@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Monday, May 14, 2012 7:35 PM
> Subject: [MedicalBillers] Patient refund after 2 yrs of service date
> Hello Forum!
> Hoping you can help out. Another office contacted me - Washington State. Had
>questions about refunding patients. For example: Their outside billing service
>is notifying them that they need to refund the patient, for 2010 visit dates.
>Why after so long are they notifying themâ€¦who knows. Apparently, the patient
>paid & the insurance then paid.
> Anyone know if there is a statute of limitations re: when they have to refund a
>patient. I said I didn't think so. It probably depends a bit on the insurance
>co. contract language too, such as "not keeping monies"â€¦blah, blah, blah.
>Couldn't think of any WA State or Federal law. Does anyone know of one? I think
>because the monies are owed to patient the medical office has to refund it. Am I
> Am I correct in referencing that if the monies are "not cashed", then it must
>be turned over to the State? Has anyone done this?
> Washington State: Unclaimed property - http://ucp.dor.wa.gov/aboutUCP.aspx
> Unclaimed Property Law
> (Chapter 63.29)
> State law protects unclaimed property until it can be returned. There is no
>time limit for filing a claim and rightful owners or their heirs can claim
>property reported since 1955. The state may auction the content of safe deposit
>boxes, however, if not claimed within five years.
> Melinda Brown, CMBS
> Ins Biller
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