Medical debt is the wild west of debt collection. Every debt collector wants in on it, and as consumer attorneys, we’ve had limited options. No more. Anyone who deals with medical debt is searching for new methodologies to defend against collection. But there are also ways to counter-punch as well, giving you the option to fight back against unfair hospital bills and collection techniques.
This webinar will appeal to both private practitioners and legal service attorneys who need defenses against medical claims and want to explore counterclaims that can range from single counterclaims to possible class actions. Note that a background in or basic understanding of general debt collection cases would be helpful.
What You Will Learn
- What the central aspects of medical debt collection are, including an explanation of the “Chargemaster,” your rights to access of the hospital’s pricing schedule, and items you should be demanding in the discovery process
- Which affirmative defenses will give you a fighting chance, open up discovery even where a counterclaim isn’t available, and increase your standing with regards to settlement
- How to use FDCPA and local UDAAP statutes to challenge the fairness of the hospital’s billing practice and the debt collector’s actions
Keith Hagan is a consumer law attorney in Indiana. He has been on the front line of defending medical debt cases for the last three years. His case load has increased from settling one case a month to a current caseload of forty-five open cases.