What's an 'ABN'?
I don't even know exactly how I came to have a commercial relationship with Labcorp. I went to a doctor's office. They told me what their fee would be, drew many tubes of blood, and sent me on my way. Nobody told me exactly what tests were ordered, or from who, or how much it would cost. Now I have the doctor's exam copay plus a notice from Medicare that I can be billed hundreds of dollars for tests. The tests were done in early June. Two months later, I still don't have a bill from Labcorp.
I don't know which tests were denied, since the description on the Medicare notice is too brief, but it probably was for HHV-6.
For the appeal, do I need to write a legal-style brief, with references to research, and include the research as exhibits? I don't know how I'll have the strength to do all that; I've been real sick recently.
The structure of the relationships between patients, the doctors, and the labs is totally unfair to patients, and I wonder how it can even be legal for a doctor to essentially subcontract work to other entities without my permission, and then those entities expect me to pay their invoices. I have a contract with the doctor; I don't have one with three different labs I've never even heard of.
When I go to the pharmacy to buy drugs, I don't pay the pharmacy for their services and then pay the drug distributors separately. When I take my car to a repair shop, and they have to buy parts, or send a part to a machine shop, there is just one bill from the repair shop. The parts store and the machine shop have to get their money from the repair shop. They don't send me the bill.