Class Claims Hospital Charged Bogus ‘Trauma’ Fees


     LAS VEGAS (CN) – The University Medical Center of Nevada netted “millions of dollars” through bogus “trauma” charges assessed to emergency room patients who were not treated for trauma, a class action claims in Clark County Court.




     Karla Reyes-Sandino says she was taken to the hospital after a car crash in March. She says a nurse evaluated her and noted that she did not meet “Trauma Field Criteria.” Reyes-Sandino says she was released 90 minutes later.
     A month later, UMC billed her $11,830.10 for the visit, $1,370 of which was described on the bill as “Trauma Intermd Hos,” while another $6,739 was for “Level I Trauma FAcili681.”
     The lawsuit accuses the hospital of assessing the bogus fees since 2000.
     “For years, UMC unlawfully billed and collected from emergency room patients millions of dollars in ‘trauma’ charges when the patients were not trauma patients,” the lawsuit states.
          Reyes-Sandino is represented by Jesse Sbaih.

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