PeaceHealth named in class-action lawsuit, accused of overbilling

The man who filed that lawsuit said he and others have been overbilled by PeaceHealth after the hospital refused to bill their Medicare insurance.

Posted: Nov 9, 2018 6:16 PM
Updated: Nov 12, 2018 3:35 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A man has filed a class-action lawsuit against PeaceHealth, upset that he was forced to pay nearly $15,000 after he was hurt in a car crash.

Donald Griffith said in that suit that the hospital charged him and not his Medicare provider.

According to court documents, Griffith was brought to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene after a wreck nearly three years ago near Eugene.

As KEZI 9 News reported at the time, there were dozens of crashes that day, Nov. 30, 2015, because of the winter weather.

In the lawsuit, Griffith said PeaceHealth over billed him after he settled his car accident claim and refused to correct it and bill Medicare instead.

He said he wants to "stop PeaceHealth's overbilling practices once and for all and take back the millions of dollars PeaceHealth has wrongfully collected from injured Oregon Medicare patients over the past seven years."

PeaceHealth put out a statement saying "they're committed to the dignity of their patients and the health and well being of the communities they serve."

They said "they adhere to all state and federal laws, and that includes ethical billing practices."

Griffith and other members of the lawsuit are seeking three times their economic losses, or $500 for statutory damages, whichever amount is greater, and to be reimbursed fees and costs.

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