October 20, 2014

A putative class action pending in Florida federal court against HCA Holdings Inc. for alleged overcharging of patients' personal insurance protection at one of its Florida hospitals has been expanded to include two additional facilities in the state.

An amended complaint filed Oct. 15 adds Florida residents Nicholas Acosta and Penny Wollmen to the suit, bringing claims against Memorial Hospital Jacksonville and Gainesville's North Florida Regional Medical Center Inc., which are both owned by Nashville, Tennessee-based HCA.

Marisela Herrera and Luz Sanchez originally filed suit Aug. 18 in Florida state court, moving for class certification a week later on behalf of patients who received PIP-covered emergency radiological services at Florida facilities operated by HCA and who were charged their deductibles or had their PIP coverage exhausted prematurely as a result of unreasonable pricing.

“The purpose of adding new plaintiffs is to just add confirmation to the systemic overcharging of HCA in all of its hospitals,” plaintiffs’ lead attorney Theodore J. Leopold of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC told Law360. “The added hospitals are additional examples of what we know to be true.”

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