Reporting Bernice Corpuz
MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) – New Hampshire’s attorney general has ordered a bone marrow registry to stop operations in the Granite State, following claims of excessive charges for lab tests.
The investigation into Caitlin Raymond International Registry began following a complaint from Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas. He said two city firefighters were asked by a representative of the registry to take a bone marrow test at the Mall of New Hampshire.
“They were told that it was a minimal charge and it wouldn’t cost them anything, the insurance company would pay for it,’ Gatsas said. “Then when they got their billed claim it showed a $4,300 cost.”
Bernice Corpuz, WBZ News Radio 1030 reports
The registry contracted with UMass Memorial Healthcare of Worcester to perform the lab tests. N.H. Attorney General Michael Delaney says the lab charged thousands of dollars more than other companies charge for the test, and that it paid as much as $4 million for models to work at mall kiosks to get people on the registry.
For now, the registry has agreed to suspend its operations in New Hampshire, pending completion of the investigation.