New York Attorney General Enforcement of Hospital Billing Prohibitions for Forensic Rape Examinations

November 29, 2017

On November 28, 2017, Attorney General Eric T. Schniederman announced a settlement with a hospital based on an investigation that concluded the hospital illegally billed sexual assault survivors for forensic rape examinations (“FREs”).

Under the settlement, the hospital must provide improperly billed sexual assault survivors full restitution with 12 percent interest and adjust any accounts with outstanding balances for FREs. The hospital is required to engage an independent auditor to confirm that this relief has been provided. In addition, the hospital must maintain a Sexual Assault Victim Policy, train all relevant employees, provide periodic compliance reports, and pay $15,000 in costs to the Office of the Attorney General.

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