Hospital board passes new payment policy
Nov 25, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By Franklin Clark

Cadiz Record Reporter

fclark@cadizrecord.com

A new policy dealing with front end collections, or payment upon service, was unanimously approved by the Trigg County Hospital Board of Trustees when they met at the hospital conference room Thursday evening.

“We’re going to ask for payment up front for what the patient owes,” said Trigg County Hospital Chairwoman Alisa Coleman.

However, a payment plan can be allowed for, especially if the patient doesn’t have insurance, Coleman said, adding that although there is a minimum upfront payment, how long the hospital will allow the patient to pay in installments will depend on how much is owed.

“We’re trying to keep that time period less than a year,” Coleman said.

Cadiz City Councilwoman Susan Bryant asked the board why existing buildings couldn’t be used in the hospital’s expansion projects, particularly with the expansion of the rehabilitation area.

Several board members said it was a requirement that hospital expansions be no more than 200 feet from the main hospital campus.

Trigg County Hospital Chief Financial Officer Bethany Goss gave the monthly financial report. The hospital’s total revenue over expenses for October was $27,734, when taking into account everything but interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA).

In other business, the board unanimously passed revisions to the tuition reimbursement policy and procedure and a recommendation for expanded background checks.

Additionally, board member Mallory Lawrence requested that TCH doctors participate in a free clinic that is being planned.

Aside from Bryant, other guests included Cadiz City Councilman Bob Noel and Kean Spellman of QHR.
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