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New Rules to Limit Hospital Collection Practices

The federal government has released new proposed rules governing how hospitals may go about collecting payments from patients who owe them money.

Under the new rules, hospitals would need to do more to explain to patients their policies governing charity care and reduced-cost care.  In addition, certain aggressive collection practices – like attempting to collect from patients waiting for care in emergency rooms – would be banned.

The proposed rules include provisions governing how hospitals may charge uninsured patients.

The new rules could have an especially significant impact on private, non-profit urban safety-net hospitals because of the especially large numbers of uninsured patients they serve.

Learn more about the new rules and how they affect hospitals in this Treasury Department news releaseiStock_000005564268XSmall.

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