Eighty percent of Tennessee hospitals have adopted a new set of guidelines on billing and collecting from uninsured patients, the Tennessee Hospital Association said. Like many state hospital associations, the THA developed its guidelines after HHS in February said discounts for uninsured patients do not violate Medicare regulations. Most of the Tennessee hospitals are implementing a discount plan based on a sliding income scale, a hospital association spokesman said. New Census Bureau figures show that the number of Tennesseans without health insurance grew 25% to 778,000 last year, the association said. State figures indicate that Tennessee hospitals spent nearly $1 billion on uncompensated care of all kinds last year, the THA said. The association's House of Delegates unanimously approved the billing and collecting guidelines at its annual meeting last week. -- by Vince Galloro
Tenn. hospitals adopt uninsured billing guidelines
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