Court Orders South Pasadena Cosmetic Surgeon To Stop ‘Balance Billing,’ Issues $562K Fine
The Los Angeles Superior Court has ordered South Pasadena emergency cosmetic surgeon Jeannette Martello to stop the practice of so-called "balance billing," in which she charged patients for balances disputed by their health plans. Martello was fined $562,000 and sentenced to five days in jail. The Department of Managed Health Care filed a cease and desist order against Martello in 2010.
- "California Cracks Down on Balance Billing" (Brino, Healthcare Payer News, 12/30/13).