Government regulations contribute to medical debt of uninsured and underinsured

New York City, June 4, 2003--According to a new report from The Commonwealth Fund, some patients face unmanageable medical bills that can result in long-term debt because of unclear federal laws and regulations. These rules may encourage health care providers to bill the uninsured more than those with insurance for the same service.

Federal fraud and abuse laws and Medicare rules designed to prevent overbilling may have the unintended effect of discouraging health care providers from offering reduced-cost or free care to patients. In part because of these rules, many hospitals have not established procedures for identifying and offering discounts to patients who lack the means to pay large medical bills.

"Medical debt can undermine the financial stability of low- and middle-income individuals unlucky enough to get sick, forcing them and their families to change their way of life," said Karen Davis, president of The Commonwealth Fund. "Saddling people with large medical bills they can't afford to pay doesn't benefit providers or patients."

In Unintended Consequences: How Federal Regulations and Hospital Policies Can Leave Patients in Debt, lead author Carol Pryor and colleagues with Brandeis University's Access Project recommend several policy options to alleviate burdensome and unmanageable medical bill problems. They say that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) could clarify its rules to address providers' concerns, for example, and that hospitals could establish standard criteria and simplify applications for free or reduced-cost care.

Federal Regulations Place Burden on Providers
While intended to prevent overbilling and the provision of unnecessary care, Medicare regulations and CMS fraud and abuse laws often end up discouraging hospitals from reducing fees for some of their patients. Routinely waiving fees for Medicare patients, for example, is prohibited because it may violate anti-kickbac

Contact: Mary Mahon
Commonwealth Fund

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Government wasting your taxpayer money on ineffective drug cure
2. Government approach to cutting hospital stays may be misleading
3. Women In Government report on eliminating cervical cancer
4. Government solutions wont cure kids obesity, survey says
5. Government psoriasis research funding down over last decade while NIH budget up 148%
6. Governments committing public health malpractice over flour fortification
7. Government asks UNC to develop school program about alcohol and birth defects
8. Government needs to support e-medicine to improve medical care
9. British Adolescents Need Government Support To Help Clean Up Their Act
10. SNM collaboration yields diagnostic nuclear medicine guide for compliance with NRC regulations
11. New safety regulations reduced injuries requiring treatment for children, study suggests

Post Your Comments:

(Date:5/30/2020)... ... 29, 2020 , ... Segal Trials, a privately held network ... commemorated May, Mental Health Awareness Month, and May 20th, Clinical Trial Awareness Day, ... include their #StayConnected video series raising awareness of clinical trials and offering mental ...
(Date:5/28/2020)... ... May 28, 2020 , ... ... is joining the clinically integrated network (CIN) and the group purchasing organization run ... Cardiovascular Institute to establish a heart failure program at Mon Health Medical Center. ...
(Date:5/27/2020)... ... May 27, 2020 , ... ... is now manufacturing face shields to be used as personal protective equipment ... These face shields are single use, made to be worn by frontline healthcare ...
(Date:5/27/2020)... ... May 27, 2020 , ... ... Pollack, University of Washington Professor of Bioengineering, Founder & Editor of scientific ... & Vapor ( https://www.amazon.com/Fourth-Phase-Water-Beyond-Liquid-ebook/dp/B00N2ASKF2 ) , https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/123059/the-fourth-phase-of-water , * ...
(Date:5/26/2020)... ... May 26, 2020 , ... Today TRC Companies (“ TRC ”) announced ... that will help business owners and leaders assess whether their organizations are prepared to ... offering from TRC is intended to assist business leaders evaluate their readiness relative to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/2/2020)... ... June 02, 2020 , ... ... announced today that in response to COVID-19 it is working with its corporate ... and on-site solutions, reimbursements, and a host of digital resources. Harmony’s leadership team ...
(Date:5/30/2020)... ... May 29, 2020 , ... ... mobile and web based solution People1 Care to help organizations safely ... transition into the 'new normal’ through daily wellness screenings, social distancing support, and ...
(Date:5/30/2020)... ... 2020 , ... During a crisis, the platitude “stay strong” is well-intended, but ... developed and strengthened through hardship. Recent research conducted by PsychTests.com reveals that ... in order to stay strong in the face of adversity. It seems that resilience ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: