Bureau of Medical Economics or BME is a debt collection agency, which receives a lot of consumer complaints to our law firm for debt harassment. Find out who they are, why they might be calling, and how you can stop them.
What is Bureau of Medical Economics?
Bureau of Medical Economics or BME is a third-party debt collection agency based in Arizona that specializes in collecting delinquent debts for healthcare providers. BMW has received consumer complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), including attempting to collect debts not owed and illegal communication tactics.If you have been contacted by BME, make sure you understand your rights before taking action.
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Is Bureau of Medical Economics a scam?
They’re legit. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), the Bureau of Medical Economics, Inc. was founded and incorporated in 1951. The BBB established BME’s profile page in 1981. BME is listed as a collection agency that uses the alternate business name, Medical Society Business Services, Inc. Buzzfile estimates BME’s annual revenue at $1 million and the size of its staff at 60 employees.
According to its website, BME “was originally instituted by the physician members of the Maricopa County Medical Society in response to inadequate alternatives to the hard core collection tactics that prevailed in the poorly regulated collection industry.” BME’s mission “is to maximize recovery of your delinquent dollars without alienating the patient in the process.”
Who does Bureau of Medical Economics collect for?
Bureau of Medical Economics “offers a variety of services to assist with the resource-consuming task of collecting ”accounts receivable. BME’s patient account collections division is intended for “open patient accounts after 90 days from date of service and utilizes predictive dialing, automated notice sequences, credit reporting, NCOA scrubs, electronic skip tracing, and litigation when preauthorized by the client.”
BME’s early-out/self-pay division addresses accounts “shortly after services are rendered and are pursued by …the precollection department…using efforts similar to a provider’s business office.” BME’s early-out/insurance claim follow-up division is “used by providers after they have filed an insurance claim…to follow…up with…insurance companies…by securing payment or verifying patient responsibility.” Finally, BME’s early-out/clean-out services are used when “a provider has changed billing services or when a provider closes a practice.”
Bureau of Medical Economics cites “an impeccable reputation of strict compliance” with HIPAA, FDCPA, FCRA, Medicaid/Medicare, and “all federal and state statutes governing both the healthcare industry and third-party collections.”
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How many complaints are there against Bureau of Medical Economics – BME?
The BBB has closed 40 complaints against Bureau of Medical Economics in the past three years, with 12 complaints closed in the previous 12 months. Most Of those complaints allege problems with billing and collections. As of June 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has closed 5 complaints against BME. Justia lists at least 5 cases of civil litigation involving Bureau of Medical Economics.
Bureau of Medical Economics, Inc. PO Box 20247 Phoenix, AZ 85036-0247 Telephone: (800) 439-8561 Website: http://www.bmecollect.com/
Can you help me file a No Fee Lawsuit against Bureau of Medical Economics?
The BBB has posted the following message in the Additional Information section of BME’s profile page:
“BBB has received information this business may: fail to accurately report consumer debt to credit bureau agencies; and may report false debts to credit bureau agencies. BBB contacted Bureau of Medical Economics regarding business practice concerns. The business responded to address business practice concerns, indicating the nature of the collections industry results in a particular type of complaint: billing/collection issues. The business has been responsive to complaints forwarded by BBB and also business practice concerns.”
In May 2017, a complainant indicated that he had noticed several items on his credit report for debts that he claimed were not his responsibility. He indicated the he immediately disputed the debts by contacting the credit reporting agencies and “followed up with a request for verification using the address listed for the company on his credit report via certified mail.” He indicated that “the verification was confirmed delivered; however, the company has not responded to…his request for verification to date.” He concluded by indicating that the accounts do not belong to him; that they are causing damage to his credit profile; that he had never engaged in business with the companies listed on the report; and that the delinquencies are not valid. In response, Bureau of Medical Economics indicated that “the address of the consumer…was different than the original address provided.” As a result, BME “deleted the… two items from… the complainant’s credit report.” Bureau of Medical Economics also indicated that it may take “up to two weeks for the credit reporting agencies to update their records.
Bureau of Medical Economics BME Calling You?
Federal laws protect you. The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) regulates the behavior of collection agencies by prohibiting actions such as the use of abusive or threatening language; harassment; or the use of false or misleading information to collect a debt. The FCRA regulates how collection agencies and creditors report delinquent debts to credit reporting agencies. Additional consumer protection laws include the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).
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Can I sue BME for harassment?
Yes. If you want to enforce your rights, or recover money for violations — you need to sue. Federal laws provide individuals like you with a means to seek monetary damages in court. For example, the FDCPA allows consumers who have been violated to recover damages of up to $1,000, plus attorney fees and court costs.
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Sergei Lemberg is a lawyer whose practice focuses on consumer law, class actions and personal injury litigation. He has been repeatedly recognized as the “most active consumer attorney” in the country. In 2020, Mr. Lemberg represented Noah Duguid in the United States Supreme Court in the case entitled Duguid v. Facebook. He is the author of Defanging Debt Collectors, a book that teaches consumers how to battle debt collectors and win.