- Who is Medical Data Systems?
- Is Medical Data Systems a Scam?
- Medical Data Systems Complaints?
- Can Medical Data Systems Sue Me or Garnish My Wages?
- Medical Data Systems Lawsuits
- Medical Data Systems Calling?
- How Do I Stop Medical Data Systems Debt Collection Harassment?
- How Can I Delete Medical Data Systems from My Credit Report?
Medical Data Systems or MDS is based in Vero Beach, FL. The Better Business Bureau indicates that MDS was founded in 1988 and also uses the name, Medical Revenue Service. Buzzfile indicates that MDS was founded in 1985, has an annual revenue of $43.8 million, and employs a staff estimated at 180.
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Medical Data Systems describes itself as a “proven, trusted and innovative leader in revenue cycle management.” MDS is a third-party collection agency that focuses exclusively on collecting delinquent medical bills. They have divided their collection services into three main “lines” of service: extended business office (or early-out); primary collections; and secondary collections. Its extended business office service enables hospitals and medical facilities to send initial billing statements directly through MDS. Its primary collections service addresses delinquencies beginning at 90 days past due. Secondary collections agents not only pursue bills that remain unpaid after initial efforts to collect; they also analyze accounts for wrong numbers, bad addresses, and billing and adjustment details and provide detailed reports to creditors.
The MDS website is not written with the consumer or patient in mind. They have posted a statement that, “all collection trainers are ACA certified and our methodology is compliant with all state and federal laws and regulations, including HIPAA, FDCPA and FCRA.” However, much of the language on their site betrays their belief that medicine should be run as a for-profit business, with the well-being of patients best regarded as secondary to increased profits: the “core of [MDS is to] provide outstanding service to our client base by keeping their best interests in focus…and continually striving to push the technological envelope to grow their business success.”
The Better Business Bureau lists a total of 148 complaints against Medical Data Systems in the past three years, 77 of them in the past twelve months. The BBB has posted a detailed statement alerting site visitors to a pattern of complaints against MDS that remains unresolved. Complaints allege inaccurate documentation; attempts to collect debts without providing verification; and rude and abusive collection activity. The nine negative customer reviews of this company are very condemnatory and contain allegations of fraud and criminality. The BBB has given them a rating of C+. Justia lists at least 5 different cases of civil litigation naming Medical Data Systems as a defendant.
Medical Data Systems, Inc. Contact Information
Medical Data Systems, Inc.
2001 9th Avenue, Suite 312
Vero Beach, Florida 32960
It is illegal for a debt collector to threaten to sue you or garnish your wages. It is also unlikely Medical Data Systems would sue you for a debt you may not owe or they cannot validate. However, debt collection agencies are known to have summoned debtors to court and garnish wages after a default judgement. Contacting an attorney BEFORE this could possibly happen would be a smart move. We’ve helped thousands of consumers fight back against unscrupulous debt collection harassers. Find out if we can help you too today!
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Absolutely. Here are some Sample complaints against Medical Data Systems, Inc.
The BBB’s Additional Complaint Information statement indicates that MDS’ business activities have resulted in a pattern of complaints “from consumers that allege they have requested proof of debt that is being reported by Medical Data Systems on their credit report, but have not received anything; [and, in] other cases, several consumers have reported…that they were unaware of a debt that was reported by Medical Data Systems to the credit reporting agencies, or that Medical Data Systems, Inc. fails to remove reference to debt from their credit report after a debt has been satisfied.” The BBB contacted MDS directly to request cooperation in addressing these lapses. MDS responded with a general statement to the effect that all employees are trained to follow MDS’ approved collection methods in adherence with the FDCPA, but refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing. Despite their efforts to work with MDS, the BBB has reported that as of August 2017, the pattern of complaints has continued, resulting in BBB’s decision to continue monitoring the company’s performance in this area.
The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) are enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The 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). The complaint above illustrates how these laws can be extremely effective tools to hold accountable collection agencies who fail to adhere to their provisions.
These laws also provide individuals 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.
Seek legal assistance to find the relief you may be entitled to if you are having difficulty resolving disputes with a debt collection agency.
Your debt harassment checklist:
- You are receiving multiple calls per week from third party collection agencies
- You are receiving early morning or late night calls from debt collectors
- You are receiving calls at work from a debt collection agency
- Debt collectors are calling your friends, neighbors, or coworkers
- Collectors are threatening you with violence, lawsuit, or arrest
- A debt collector attempts to collect more than you owe
- You are being threatened with negative credit reporting
- A debt collector attempts to intimidate you
- Criminal accusations are being made towards you
- Use of obscene language during an attempt to collect
- Automated robocalls are being made to your phone in an attempt to collect
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