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Patient Collection Rate Falls to Nearly 48%

  A new analysis shows a sharp decline in the patient collection rate in 2022 and 2023 as providers write off more bad debt from patients with insurance. February 28, 2024  - Healthcare organizations are finding it harder to collect patient financial responsibility, a new  analysis  from Kodiak Solutions indicates. The analysis of patient financial transactions from over 1,850 hospitals and 250,000 physicians nationwide showed a sharp decline in the patient collection rate, from 54.8 percent in 2021 to just 47.8 percent in 2022 and 2023. Total payments made on the nearly 3 million fully resolved medical claims from commercially insured patients during the two-year analysis period were about $5.2 billion. However, the cash providers received was barely a quarter of the total charges, which were $21 billion at the time. Patient financial responsibility  accounted for about $1.1 billion of the over $5 billion in total payments received, or about a fifth of total payments. But providers co

Medicaid eligibility is changing and Ohio community health centers will take a hit.

  Medicaid eligibility is being re-determined in Ohio for the first time in three years. A federal mandate allowed Ohioans to stay enrolled in Medicaid insurance, even if their eligibility had changed, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the federal public health emergency has ended and April marks the end of that protection. More than 200,000 Ohioans are expected to be deemed ineligible and lose their coverage in the next year. The decline in Medicaid enrollment could mean big losses for community health centers, who largely serve low-income patients. Teresa Rios-Bishop, membership director of the Ohio Community Health Center Association, said the impact for centers will be significant. She said many communities are bracing for how this could change their care. “It certainly has a chilling effect for the patients and the health centers themselves,” she said. Nationally, total health center revenue is expected to decrease between four and seven percent, according to George Washington Uni

Ohio Doctor charged with Medicare conspiracy targeting Washington residents

  An Ohio Doctor has been charged in a fraudulent medical supply scheme that targeted elderly Washington residents. Thomas Andrew Webster, M.D., 50, of Sylvania, Ohio was charged with  one count of Conspiracy to Violate the Anti-Kickback Statue by targeting  elderly Medicare and TRICARE beneficiaries throughout Washington and other states, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington's Office. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison. “Telemarketing schemes that target and exploit the elderly are especially pernicious because they prey on those who are often most in need of a doctor’s independent judgment that is not tainted or biased by the doctor’s own personal financial interest,” said U.S. Attorney Vanessa Waldref. Medicare and TRICARE provide health insurance coverage for eligible health care services, including, under certain eligibility conditions, for Durable Medical Equipment (DME). DME is