August 8, 2011 |
Several months ago I went to the emergency room for a respiratory problem. I was treated and released the same night. I was a self-pay patient. I requested the detailed billing to compare with my medical record and found several errors, including duplicated charges and overcharged items. When I discussed this with the billing department they refused to admit it. What is my next step in this situation? It's critical that you put your dispute with the hospital in writing, clarifying that your itemized bill contains items or services that have been billed in error, says Pat Palmer, founder of Medical Billing Advocates of America, a consumer advocacy group in Roanoke, Va. List each item you're disputing and request that the inaccurate charges be removed or that a written response with documentation to support the charges be sent to you. If you've hit a brick wall with the billing department, escalate your complaint, says Martin Rosen, an executive vice president of Health Advocate, a patient advocacy organization based in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. Address your letter to either the chief financial officer or chief executive officer of the hospital, or both, and indicate that you've tried and failed to settle the matter with the billing department.
January 23, 2006 |
In one of the final scenes of the western "Big Jake," John Wayne could have been talking about the Winchester rifle as he reflected on the passing of the Old West. "Well," says Big Jake to his Apache sidekick, "times change -- usually for the better." The sign of changing times for the Winchester -- the "Gun That Won the West" and the brand most closely associated with Wayne's long career in film Westerns -- is that it will no longer be made in America.
February 11, 2014 |
Last month the California Supreme Court denied disgraced journalist and serial confabulist Stephen Glass admission to the state bar. That decision has drawn attention to a topic that usually commands very little: what it takes, ethically speaking, to be a lawyer. Lawyers are supposed to live and die by a number of hard-and-fast ethical rules. Every jurisdiction in the country holds lawyers to some version of the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and if they fail in that, the theoretical result is disbarment - "the death penalty," in lawyer lingo.
August 31, 1999 |
Researchers in New Haven, Conn., said they have confirmed that Type-I diabetes is triggered by the body's immune system turning on delicate cells, and say they have found the cause. The discovery could lead to a vaccine against a disease that affects more than 1 million Americans, said Susan Wong and colleagues of the Yale School of Medicine. Writing in Nature Medicine, Wong's team said they found an antigen in mice bred to develop what looks like human juvenile diabetes.
December 25, 2006 |
A state judge has spared a Westport home, designed by renowned architect Paul Rudolph, from demolition -- for now. The 4,200-square-foot stucco house, designed by Rudolph in 1972, is an elongated series of interconnecting cubes with cantilevered panels that hang above large windows. Rudolph, who died in 1997, was dean of the Yale School of Architecture in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
October 1, 1995 |
Jeffrey Garten, the undersecretary of commerce for international trade, has resigned to become dean of the Yale School of Management, the Commerce Department and the university announced. Garten, one of the lead negotiators of the recent U.S. car trade pact with Japan, will start his new job Nov. 1, the school said. Garten, 48, is a former managing director of Shearson Leahman Brothers and the Blackstone Group. He served in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald R.
January 29, 1990 |
Lloyd Richards, the outgoing dean of the Yale School of Drama, was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in ceremonies at Broadway's Gershwin Theater today as the school announced a nationwide search for his successor. Richards has been in the job since 1979 but now wants more time to pursue other aspects of the theater, including acting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1995
"It would be interesting, if not useful, to consider where one would go in Los Angeles to have an effective revolution. . . . If one took over some public square, some urban open space, who would know? A march on City Hall would be inconclusive. . . . The only hope would seem to be to take over the freeways."--Charles W. Moore, late dean of the Yale School of Architecture
September 5, 1990 |
Nonsmokers who grew up with smoking parents face double the usual risk of lung cancer, according to a study that provides new evidence of the dangers of secondhand smoke. The report estimates that 17% of all lung cancer in the United States among people who never smoked cigarettes results from their exposure to smokers during childhood and adolescence. "Here is another piece of evidence that smoke from other people's cigarettes is harmful to your health.