HCA Charity Care Policy Update

May 28, 2019

The WCMS Association Board met with HCA/Mission Health’s Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, William Hathaway, MD, at the May 13, 2019 meeting to discuss changes from the Mission charity care policy to the HCA policy following the transition. We were informed that the amount of funds devoted to HCA’s Charity Care will be significantly more than what had been provided by Mission. We also discussed the two policies currently in place:

  • Uninsured Discount Policy

    • Click the link above to read this policy in detail on Mission’s website

    • Please note that the uninsured discount is 75% on hospital charges and 25% on professional charges

  • Charity Discount Policy

    • Click the link above to read this policy in detail on Mission’s website

    • Please note that the Charity Discount Policy is for emergent/urgent care only

      • Emergent/urgent care does sometimes include services beyond the emergency room and is being decided on a case by case basis until algorithms are developed

      • Primary care is not considered emergent/urgent care but has been given a one year extension to be included in these policies and will be re-evaluated at the end of the year

    • Know that patients will be applying for coverage retrospectively, not before a service is received and a bill is rendered

HCA’s participation in Project Access has also been confirmed for one year and will be re-evaluated at that time. Dr. William Hathaway welcomes questions from the medical community and Miriam Schwarz, WCMS CEO, is also happy to speak with you about these changes. Please contact us with your thoughts or examples of how these policies influence your care for the un(der)insured.

 

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