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A Policy in Healthcare that was Implemented as a Result of Regulatory or Legislative Requirement
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Introduction California Sutter Health is revolutionizing the way that uninsured patients pay for their care. Their method is requiring uninsured patients to pay for services up front, which means that the patient pays for services before the services are rendered (Souza & McCarty, 2007)…
This bill went into effect on January 1, 2007. This bill states that all acute, psychiatric and special hospitals must make patients aware of charity care, payment discounts, and government-sponsored health insurance. It also requires hospitals to standardize its billing and collection procedures (California Assembly Bill 774). Basically, this law requires transparency in hospital billing, as all hospitals must have detailed information about their charity policies, including who is eligible and what procedure must be taken for eligibility, and a written description of how the hospitals collect the debts. Also required is a written disclosure of the hospital billing practices and debt collection procedures for everybody (California Assembly Bill 774). Analysis The rationale for this particular change in the way California Sutter Health is doing business is rather simple – health care costs are spiraling out of control, and uninsured patients contribute much to the ever-burgeoning cost of health care to this country. As of 2005, some $45 billion worth of medical care is not being paid by uninsured patients (Families USA, 2005). What this means is that those with insurance pick up the tab for the people who cannot pay in the form of higher premiums. ...
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