Bass, Berry & Sims attorney David Esquivel commented on the lawsuit filed against Prospect Medical Group’s Southern California Hospital in Culver City. The complaint alleges that the hospital used an automated call system to contact a former patient in an attempt to collect a medical debt. According to David, “it appears the key issue in this case will be consent. Did the plaintiff provide her phone number to the hospital as part of the admissions process? If so, the hospital has a good argument she gave consent for this call.” David also observed that “[t]his and other consumer regulatory issues are going to become more prominent for hospitals as they increasingly look to patients for payment.”
The full article, “Lawsuit Claims Prospect Medical Violated FCC Medical Debt Collection Law with Robo-dialing,” was published by Becker’s Hospital Review on January 29, 2016 and is available online.