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By Grady Bradley

KVH billing process doesn't work

Letter to the Editor


To the Editor:

It seems that yet another local person left town for hospital care (“Fundraiser for Heart gaining momentum,” March 20 Sentinel). I joined that growing crowd some time ago.

A visit to KVH’s emergency room resulted in a bill for $2,079, despite being provided no care beyond an EKG. The subsequent statement didn’t list the EKG, just “current hospital charges” as a one-line entry on the statement. No detail at all.

Several calls to the hospital (and a subsequent visit with the hospital’s CFO Leslie Hiebert) revealed that the hospital does not—and cannot, because of outsourcing the billing—provide an itemized statement of services unless one calls and asks for...

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