Are hospitals over billing auto insurers for treatment given to injured patients

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State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance is asking the Florida Supreme Court to hear a dispute about whether a Jacksonville hospital needs to turn over information about contracts with health insurers. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal sided with Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, which now is known as UF Health Jacksonville,  in a dispute stemming from personal-injury protection (PIP) auto-insurance claims. State Farm requested copies of contracts that could show the hospital agreeing to discounted reimbursement rates with health insurers, arguing that the information was necessary to determine if the amounts billed by the hospital for auto-insurance injury claims were reasonable. A Duval County circuit judge sided with State Farm, ordering the hospital to turn over contracts with 37 health insurers, but the appeals court overturned that decision, finding that it exceeded the “extent of discovery permissible” under parts of state law. Online shows State Farm filed their initial brief with the Florida Supreme Court recently. 

To read the First District Court of Appeal Opinion, click here

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