Collection Agency Letter

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  1. TwoTubMan

    TwoTubMan Member

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    Just received one addressed to my Mom for medical services that she apparently received five months after we buried her.

    The ******** just never ends...
     
  2. Rick Lee

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    How would the collection agency know that? They buy the debt, not the medical records, from hospitals.
     
  3. DYNA BILL

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    She should have sent a forwarding address...
     
  4. TwoTubMan

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    Date of service was stated in the letter.
     
  5. emdub123

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    You better pay it, that crap can stay on her credit report for years ;)
     
  6. fetishfrog

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    There are folks who believe collection agencies should do a fair bit of due diligence prior to contacting people and issuing demands. I am one of those people.

    About every 2-3 years, I get a call from a collection agency trying to collect on a debt from a man with the same name as me. The debt is almost 30 years old at this point (well past the statue of limitations) and, you know, I was 10 years old 30 years ago. But that doesn't stop them from calling and getting rude.
     
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    Unless they're legally required to or it's in their best interest, they won't. As it is now, they make money.
     
  8. Guitar Josh

    Guitar Josh Resident Curmudgeon Silver Supporting Member

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    Not here. Any of those inquiries would violate HIPPA.

    This is fairly easy to deal with anyway. Quick letter or fax will get it straightened out.
     
  9. Rick Lee

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    I mean, how would they know she's deceased?
     
  10. Mr. Kite

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    Sorry about your mom.
    edit: look at your post count! You got to have a happy thread to cross the 10k barrier!
     
  11. edgewound

    edgewound Gold Supporting Member

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    Next time, record the call for quality assurance purposes.
     
  12. kcprogguitar

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    If she incurred the bill, why shouldn't it be paid?
     
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    I take it you are in this collection agency's due diligence department. ;)
     
  14. kcprogguitar

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    There's no difference. You don't get sympathy points for bills incurred by someone who passed away. The estate is required to pay them, if it can, BEFORE any heirs take from the estate.

    We paid my mom's bills, and my dad's bills after they passed away, I don't get why someone would think that the bill isn't valid. Unless it isn't. Is it or isn't it?


    That's the question.
     
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    Re-read the OP, she died 5 months before the services were incurred.
     
  16. kcprogguitar

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    You're right. I stepped on my own dickĀ…(I wish).
     
  17. Rick Lee

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    I'm still not getting how a collection agency is supposed to know decedent passed before debt was incurred or date of service. Sounds like a snafu or fraud on the hospital's part.
     
  18. Fishyfishfish

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    Just an FYI. In our area several people I know have been getting threatening collection letters and phone calls for past due bills/accounts (late interest on a dept. credit card movie rental, mystery medical billing ext) saying that they will be taken to court if not payed.
    We had our legal look up the letter my supervisor received and it was a scam hoping that he would be intimidated and pay the bill. It did look legit, follow up phone call and all. His info popped up when he applied for a re-Fi on his house, and they got the info. There is also a 2020 on this type of scam.
     
  19. JackJordan

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    I once took a job because the person who had it before me previously passed away. Several times a week I would get calls on the office phone from collection agencies asking me to pay his bills. I never knew the deceased, but they insisted that I personally pay his bills. Not the family, not the company, no, the poor schmuck who got his job after he passed.

    They were quiet rude and insistent... I never did get them to explain their logic, but they'll do whatever it takes to get paid I guess.... The only thing I could think of was that they didn't really believe he was dead and thought I was him. They kept asking me for proof of his death... like I, a perfect stranger would have it.
     
  20. Madsen

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    things like logic, reason, facts, & reality frequently conflict with profitability & are therefore often the first things to go when putting together a "successful" business model.
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