Grady files $670,000 lien on behalf of woman violently attacked and killed in hospital parking lot – WSB-TV Channel 2

ATLANTA — After his mother died in a violent attack, a metro Atlanta man was surprised to find a Grady Hospital lien filed in his name for more than $670,000 in hospital bills for his treatment . He learned that the hospital never submitted the bill to Medicare or supplemental insurance.

Channel 2 Investigates found that Grady did this frequently, particularly if the hospital stay was related to a car accident.

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We checked the clerks’ records and found that Grady had filed over 13,000 of these hospital liens in the past 5 years in Fulton County, whether the patient had insurance or not.

“Who decides to do something like this? it’s just unethical. That’s what health insurance is for. That’s what she paid for every month,’ the woman’s son, Charles Kimsey, said.

Jacqueline Mixon, 78, spent 10 days in Grady before dying last spring from injuries sustained in a violent attack in the Piedmont hospital parking lot.

As Channel 2 Action news has previously reported, Mixon was allegedly tackled from behind by 68-year-old Gloria Franklin and then run over by an SUV.

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Kimsey says Grady never billed her mother, Medicare or her supplemental insurance before filing the lien.

“I didn’t get one invoice for Grady, not one,” Kimsey said.

Personal injury lawyer Susan Witt says hospitals are filing liens, looking for a piece of potential settlements.

“It’s a predatory practice that we see over and over again, and consumers aren’t aware of their rights,” Witt said.

Witt says hospitals deposit liens for their full retail price. This is significantly higher than what they charge insurance companies or Medicare via negotiated prices.

“They would rather not deal with your insurance company because they will be paid less than if they charged you the retail rate and scare and intimidate you into saying that is the rate you have to pay,” Witt said.

Grady tells us in a quote:

“We never place liens on any property or estate. Hospitals routinely place liens on insurance claims and settlements. For services related to accident or injury, no-fault or liability insurance pays first and Medicare pays second, according to federal and state law.

It just adds insult to injury, and I don’t know what to do. it’s amazing, it crushes me,” Kimsey said.

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Hospitals cannot attack your personal property like a house or car with a hospital lien as with a traditional lien.

Susan Witt tells clients that if the hospital won’t submit the claim to insurance or Medicare, you have to do it yourself.

“Hospitals don’t like it. They don’t want you to know you can do it on your own, but it’s what you have the right and the ability to do,” Witt said.

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