Lawsuits filed by hospital up 670% River Region says it’s cleaning up bookkeeping problems

Published 12:10 pm Wednesday, June 9, 2010

River Region Health System increased collections lawsuits 670 percent in the first five months of this year, a surge the largest local health care network attributed to internal staff shuffling and not a change in strategy.

There were 763 suits filed from Jan. 1 through June 1 compared to 114 in the same months of 2009.

The total sought is more than $1 million, up more than 31 percent. Amounts per person, however, are smaller by nearly $5,000 on average, meaning more patients are being pursued in court for smaller balances, some less than $300. County courts in Mississippi have jurisdiction up to $200,000.

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