Two US hospitals sue CINICO for unpaid bills

Two Miami hospitals sued CINICO this month in U.S. federal court for almost $1.5 million in unpaid medical bills.

CINICO, which insures civil servants and people on island who can’t get their own coverage from private insurers, routinely sends patients to the U.S. for treatment. In separate lawsuits filed Nov. 10, the University of Miami Hospital and the Miami Beach Hospital Group Ltd. accuse CINICO of not paying for treatment of 10 patients.

The Miami Beach Hospital Group owns Aventura Hospital, which is located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

The patients, who are not named in the lawsuit because of privacy laws, went to the hospitals for various issues, including short emergency room visits to surgery that required staying in the hospital for several days, according to the billing statements filed with the lawsuits.

Both hospitals are represented by attorney Lorne Cabinsky of Fort Lauderdale.

Lonny Tibbetts, chief executive officer for CINICO, is named in the lawsuit but is not listed as a defendant.

Mr. Tibbetts did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

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  1. I think we all need to really ascertain what has gone on here. The TUP is the one that caused this when they went rogue. This cannot be considered any wrong doing on CINICO’s part, so let’s not jump the gun, lets get the facts before we insinuate or assume.

  2. When things are allowed to get to this point, it makes future transactions either difficult or impossible.

    Not only will this sour the relationship with both these hospital groups but Cinico may well have difficulty with others – it certainly places them in a compromised position where it will become difficult to negotiate beneficial rates and discounts (businesses often factor in the highest rate for those with a poor reputations for prompt payment to give them a margin allowing for the cost of collection of late and delinquent payments).

    Now, instead of paying just what was owed they will also end up facing legal costs on top of the 1.5M owed – that is likely to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    Didn’t the government recently move the civil servants to a different provider or was that pensions?