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Hutchinson hospital to require payment earlier for some services

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at 8:22 a.m.

Hutchinson Regional Medical Center will begin requiring partial payment for services at the time of the visit for patients who go to the emergency department and who are having elective tests and procedures in radiology and outpatient labs and surgery, according to a news release.

The new payment plan will go into effect Wednesday.

Medical screening will still be performed for anyone who goes to the emergency department before a request for insurance or partial payment is made.

The partial payment for the emergency department and outpatient labs will be $60 or the amount indicated on a patient’s insurance card. The payment for elective services in outpatient radiology and outpatient surgery will be $200.

“No truly emergent patient will be denied treatment for lack of insurance or partial payment and no advance payments will be requested of patients covered by Medicare or Medicaid,” Ken Johnson, COO and CFO for Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System, said in the release.

The policy is the result of cuts in reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid and “expenses incurred by serving uninsured patients,” according to the release.

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