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Collection notice

I am behind, of course. I have a fun little entry to write about an examination of a bruise on Mom’s butt from last week right before I left for vacation.

But first, I’ll just say that I was so not happy to find, upon my return from vacation, a letter from a law firm doing collections for a pharmacy company that says Mom owes it about $219. I think this is the pharmacy that serviced the account when Mom was in the nursing home for two weeks before moving to the Alz center. I’m pretty sure that company billed me ONE TIME and then, almost a year later to the day after she was kicked out of that nursing home, sent a collection notice.

I also had a phone message from the other pharmacy company that handled Mom’s meds at the Alz center for about five months, from last August to December, when it was replaced by another company. The caller asked me to call her back “at once.” Um, no. I have called that company numerous times AND sent a detailed letter about their failure to notice a problem with Mom’s account before the balance was above $4,000. I plan to resend that letter, just like the company resends me bills time and time again. I’m sure that account will be turned over for collection eventually despite the company’s apparent inability to BILL MOM’S INSURANCE COMPANY. And good luck to them collecting from a woman who is on Medicaid.

What is it about pharmacy companies that serve nursing homes? They charge so damn much, they can’t possibly be losing money. But their billing practices are the pits – at least the practices of these two sucky companies. God, I am so sick of this.

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