Lewisville-based Adeptus Health Inc. has been served a $5 million class action lawsuit for deceptive business practices and have until Jan. 25 to respond.
Adeptus is accused of deceiving consumers into believing its facilities are similar to urgent care facilities and then charging emergency-care-level costs. The primary complaint against the company stems from its facility fee. Without informing its patients beforehand, Adeptus charges every patient a facilities fee that can be as much as $6,000 and sometimes more.
Most patients are not expecting this additional fee, because urgent care centers and doctors offices do not charge facilities fees. Adeptus has collected hundreds of millions of dollars due to the facilities fee, according to the complaint.
Adeptus facilities, marketed as First Choice Emergency Room in Texas, are freestanding emergency medical facilities that are staffed by emergency physicians and have laboratory and radiology equipment. This equipment includes CT scanners, ultrasound machines and X-ray machines.
David Adkinson, a physician in Colorado, is the plaintiff in the case. Adkinson and over 100 other individuals are members of the class action lawsuit. Adkinson went to one of Adeptus’ facilities in Colorado Springs, Colorado in February of 2016 after falling while shoveling snow. After a five minute trip to the facility, Adkinson was given a bill for over $2,000, including over $1,200 in facilities fees.
Adkinson has demanded a jury trial which would take place in the Sherman Division of the Eastern District of Texas, due to Adeptus’ principal place of business being located in Lewisville.
This is not the first class action lawsuit filed against Adeptus. Following a story from the NBC affiliate in Denver about an Adeptus patient being charged a facilities fee of $6,237, multiple class action lawsuits were filed against the company for predatory billing practices.
All information herein is from the complaint filed by David Adkinson on Jan. 4.