PATIENT/DOCTOR DEBT RESPONSIBILITY


(FLORIDA)

I work for at a medical facility & i have noticed that there are outstanding debts from 2003 onwards -- isn't there a time limit (statute of limitations) on how long we can keep this debt on file? On most of the outstanding balances, patients have continued to use our facilities without having paid on old debt -- thereby, patients naturally state that we have continued to see them & that now we are demanding our due balances. As far as i can see, if the firm has been sending out invoices but there is no way of proving this by means of certified/registered/hand delivered receipt, can i still try to collect ?

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Apr 13, 2010
collecting medical debt
by: Gerri

Thanks for submitting your debt collection question on our Q&A page.

This website is trying to help consumers who are dealing with debt collectors, not those collecting debts. That said, it is imperative that you find out what the debt collection laws are that affect your business, and make sure your medical practice has a written policy for its debt collection procedures. If you break the law, even inadvertently, you may be sued and forced to pay damages as well as attorney's fees.

A good place for you to start would be to attend a meeting of your local chapter of the National Association of Credit Management (NACM). There you will be able to network with other credit professionals and get referrals to an attorney who can help you implement your collection policies.

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