Identifying Patient Eligibility for Medicaid Programs Can Put a Big Dent in Hospitals’ Uncompensated Care Costs

By Ankeny Minoux

Becker’s Hospital Review, January 30, 2013

While implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is now in play, hospitals will continue to struggle with a basic challenge: how to secure reimbursement from millions of still uninsured and private pay patients that present to their emergency rooms on a daily basis.

Unfortunately, even under the PPACA, finding adequate solutions to the challenge won’t be easy. It will require new operational procedures, the incorporation of point-of-care technologies and, most importantly, a change in mindset at all levels of the hospital team. If done correctly, the result will be improved relationships with patients, increased revenues and a changing dynamic that benefits all communities served.

 

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