HIPAA has a section that spells out that by knowing you are required to collect a copay or deductible and you failure to make reasonable attemt to do so can constitute fraud. The Copay and deductible are the patient's obligation as a part of their contract with the payer. You also have a contract that says you are required to collect the copay and deductible. If the patient claims they cannot pay then the payer can make the decision that they do not pay not the provider.There are numerous other statutes and laws that forbid this practice. Just go to the internet and start looking. You can google physician professional courtesy and find a ton of information.
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