Update to Jan 14 question - during the 1st 6 mos of 14, the pharmacy made another 4 errors in "billing." I tried to get another pharmacy, but they all refused service to that home. The last straw - the home had called the pharmacy to send a sleeping pill which mthr used to have "as needed" since she had not slept for these 2 weeks while I was out of town. The pharmacy called the doctor's refill nurse, who allowed LUNESTA, with a black box warning for elders at that dose, to go into her daily mix (it had been prescribed at one time by an on-call doc one weekend and d/c at once when regular doc noticed it)! The drug was about $200 a month cash pay, too, which really helps the pharmacy's bottom line.
I found out about this situation only 6 weeks later when I received the bill, and at the same time as Hospice came in and sent a discontinue order over for everything not covered by hospice and to bill covered drugs through Hospice benefit. I was told I would not have to pay but maybe one more bill. Then I got a second bill with Lunesta. I called pharmacy both times, had to get up with doc, and finally got it ordered d/c from him (I thought).
The Lunesta should have been covered on hospice's discontinue order, but I did not realize hospice was in charge then. I thought mthr had not been accepted for Hospice until after these deliveries had been made, and calls to the pharmacy assured me the drug was not in the mix anymore after the second month and calls to doc.
The THIRD pharmacy bill I opened after I signed hospice papers happened to be just before the hospice nurse called me with my weekly update. I asked her why they were still sending me bills, and she had a nurse at the facility go through my mthr's pills and pull the Lunestas. They were on the package drug list which the daily nurse checked, but that had not been compared to the orders in the hospice chart. No wonder mthr was falling so much and had broken her wrist! Nurse called pharmacy and they claim they did not get the d/c order for the non-covered drugs and policy is to bill family for the non covered. She stopped everything. That last bill was dated 10/14/14 and this was a few days later. Done, I thought.
Mid November, I get ANOTHER BILL for $5 of Benadryl PLUS a $25 delivery charge (on all of them) but dated on 10/14/14 and not included on the previous statement!! I wrote a nice letter saying this was a billing error, explaining the Fair Credit Act and how they are required to answer my letter in so many days, etc. (I don't know if that applies, but I thought it was worth a try). Sent it certified, return receipt. Received receipt, no reply, and ANOTHER BILL in December. It was as if they were trying to squeeze another small amount out of me, which really does not sit well with me.
On this new bill, I had a credit of $5 for Benadryl on 10/14, a second charge for the Benadryl for $5 also on 10/14, but all the other charges on that day were no longer showing up. The net change by that nice "credit" was 0 since they charged me again. I wrote them another letter showing the error they made and enclosed previous letter & said this letter was a curtsey to them since under Fair Credit I did not need to respond again. The $30 bill continues to come.
I know how to fix credit report errors. What bothers me is that the pharmacy is taking advantage of old folks and their caregivers who don't check bills that close, and like me, don't have time to deal with the problems. Should I copy all this onto a letter to the state pharmacy board? I don't want the home or hospice to be investigated, Just the pharmacy!! The way the pharmacy passed the buck with hospice and me has been awful. Every time I get a bill I get ticked, and there should be one in the mail tomorrow. I finally have time to address this issue.