Many of you already know that I left my homebirth midwife for an OB practice last month. I am so frustrated with that midwife practice right now!! I have been receiving bills in the mail from the laboratory that does all of their blood work for things I have already paid the midwives cash for. Not only that, but the midwives called the laboratory and told them to send all of these things through my insurance! I did not have insurance before the first of the year and their policy is that if you are a cash paying client, you have to pay for your labs at the end of the office visit in which they are taken. So, I paid them cash, then they billed my insurance to try to get paid again, now the lab is billing me instead of the midwife who was paid for them already and still hasn't paid the lab (some of these are from July!!). I called the midwife's office the day I started receiving bills and left an admittedly nasty message about it on their voicemail. I received a prompt response with an apology and an assurance that it would be taken care of. The first of these bills is due next Wed and now, weeks later, they still have not contacted the laboratory to correct the issue.
Today I received my bill from the midwife for the services I received from them and every item on here (out of 10), except for ONE is either incorrect, something the laboratory is billing me for directly, or something that should have been billed to my insurance since it occurred after the first of the year. If I add up everything that I actually owe them, subtract what I've already paid and then subtract what I will have to pay the laboratory if they don't pay those bills, the midwife WILL OWE ME money! Like I'd ever see a dime of that!
I am 38w 4d and I do not need to be chasing these things around right now! I worked hard during this pregnancy to have everything taken care of before I reached 36 weeks so i could relax and just enjoy the last month of my pregnancy and have no stress while I wait on my baby to arrive. And now I have to chase these people around and correct their mistakes and worry about who I need to send payment to so I don't get sent to collections for something that I don't actually owe, but they refuse to pay. It's exhausting and I don't need this right now!
This is not even all of it. There are other sketchy billing things here, but I don't want to rant all day about it. Ugh. It is people like this that I think give midwives a bad image. It's just so unprofessional!