HCRA Surcharges Recovery (Effects New York State Only)
The Health Care Reform Act (HCRA) Surcharges Recovery Program is the newest service we’ve developed to help our clients maximize recovery on their accounts. The New York State Department of Health has taken the following positions:
- Hospitals are required to collect the HCRA Surcharges from payers not on the Department’s Elector List and if the hospital does not do so, then it is liable to pay the surcharge on the amount it received.
- Hospitals are required to collect the HCRA Surcharges from patients for deductibles and co-pays.
It is imperative that hospitals take steps to recover the surcharges. In our HCRA Surcharges Program, we seek to recover the surcharge from the payer. Upon referral, the account will be forwarded to the law firm of William A. Hecht, P.C. for handling by an attorney. The law firm will first contact the payer to seek voluntarily payment of the surcharge. If the payer refuses to make payment, the law firm (with the hospital’s written authorization) will commence action to recover the surcharge.