A federal court has agreed to hear an appeal on whether drivers in Palm Beach County and across Florida should be granted class-action status in their claim that HCA hospitals including JFK Medical Center in Atlantis are grossly overcharging for services under the state’s car insurance system.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta agreed this week to consider an appeal of a lower-court decision in Florida that drivers could pursue cases individually but not as a group. Plaintiffs allege the hospitals are draining Personal Injury Protection benefits by charging up to 65 times what Medicare pays.
“HCA’s conduct of overcharging injured individuals who are already suffering needs to be addressed and stopped and we look forward to helping to do just that,” said attorney Theodore Leopold of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll in Palm Beach Gardens.
An HCA statement said the case lacks merit and the company intends to defend it vigorously.