Woman sues Bluefield Regional Medical Center for excessive charges

By Kyla Asbury | May 24, 2016

PRINCETON – A woman is suing Bluefield Regional Medical Center after she claims it charged excessive amounts for producing medical records.

Professional Account Services Inc.; Healthport Technologies LLC; John Doe Billing Companies 1 through 10; and John Doe Hospitals/Medical Providers 1 through 100 were also named as defendants in the suit.

Virginia McGuire filed the class action on behalf of patients who requested copies of their medical records from the defendants and were invoiced for the services in excess of what is allowed by West Virginia code, according to a complaint filed May 19 in Mercer Circuit Court.

McGuire claims the defendants violated West Virginia code.

Sometime after and/or before April 30, 2015, the plaintiff and other patients or their representatives requested medical records from Bluefield and their requests were filled and invoiced by Healthport/PAS, according to the suit.

McGuire claims the defendants overcharged for the records and demanded excess fees per page to product the records.

The defendants breached implied contract and breached their contract with the plaintiff and the patients, according to the suit.

McGuire claims Bluefield negligently supervised or failed to supervise agents at Healthport/PAS and the John Doe agencies in their violations of West Virginia law and public policy.

The defendants’ actions resulted in damages to the plaintiff and other patients, according to the suit.

McGuire is seeking compensatory damages for the class with pre- and post-judgment interest. She is being represented by D. Adrian Hoosier II and Erica Lord of Lord Hoosier; Steven P. New and Amanda Taylor of the Law Office of Stephen P. New; and Steven S. Wolfe and J. Christopher White of Wolfe White & Associates.

Mercer Circuit Court case number: 16-C-158

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