Medical Bill Write-Offs

“OADC amicus brief in Cohens v. McGee – For many years, trial courts in Oregon have wrestled with the question of whether an injured plaintiff can collect damages for amounts that a health care provider initially charges for treatment, but which are written off as required by federal Medicare or Medicaid regulations or agreements with insurance companies. At least two cases pending before the Oregon Court of Appeals potentially present this issue for a decision. In one of those cases,Cohens v. McGee, HLGR shareholder Bob Steringer recently submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the Oregon Association of Defense Counsel arguing that plaintiffs should not be permitted to recover damages for medical expenses that they never owed.