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I live in the state of Florida. I had a biopsy done on my tongue in January. The medical office that provided the procedure said that I would be charged $450 and no more, so I paid in full. However, last week, I received a bill for an additional $552 from the pathology lab that did the testing, something I wasn't expecting at all. Was the medical center legally required to tell me about the additional lab charges? If so, does that mean I'm not legally responsible for the charges from the pathology lab?

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They are not legally required to tell you. I suggest you look at the registration papers you signed to have the biopsy done.  It probably has the fact that you may receive bills from other providers on it somewhere.  If you can not find the paper you signed, request a copy of it.  I know this is not the news you wanted but it's the best I have.  I wish you the best with this situation.

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Ray A Miller

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I am qualified to answer questions on the following subjects: FDCPA, FCRA and HIPAA as well as medical collections, general collections and collection agency related issues. I trained these subjects at a nationwide collection agency and customer service call center and audited around 150 representatives for compliance to the laws. I have been in the Collections Industry for over 30 years. I feel that everyone deserves to be treated fairly and with compassion and that is the way I trained collectors. Even though I worked for a Collection Agency, I get great satisfaction in helping those who have been mistreated or in need of help with these confusing issues.

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I was the Compliance Administrator with a nationwide collection agency and customer service call center-I have trained hundreds of collectors on the above referenced topics. I have been in the medical collections industry for over twenty years and research these topics on a daily basis.

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ACA International

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Some college ACA Certified Collection Specialist

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I am retired due to medical conditions and spend a good deal of time keeping current on collection issues.

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