Two Wisconsin hospital systems reached agreements with the state over uninsured-billing practices. Three-hospital Mercy Health System, Janesville, will give uninsured patients an automatic discount equivalent to the weighted average percentage discount received by the majority of insured patients -- a minimum of 20%. Mercy also agreed to disclose in a plain and concise fashion its discount and collection procedures and provide a report to the state justice department no later than May 1, 2008, detailing the results of the policy. Mercy said the agreement was voluntary and in line with what Mercy previously offered the uninsured. These pricing policies were adopted on our own. ProHealth Care, Waukesha, reached a similar deal, agreeing to automatic discounts of 10% to 20% for self-pay patients, depending on how promptly the patient pays the bill, and to additional discounts based on ability to pay. ProHealth said it made modest changes to two existing policies to address the justice departments concerns. -- by Cinda Becker
Two Wis. systems reach billing deals
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