Examine Financing Charity Care. Role: Director of Community Care and Outreach. Audience: Internal, hospital leadership team(s). Topic: Financing Charity Care
Role: Director of Community Care and Outreach
Audience: Internal, hospital leadership team(s)
Topic: Financing Charity Care
Scenario: You have worked for ABC Hospital for several years. Recently, you were promoted to be the Director of Community Care and Outreach. In this role, you are responsible for increasing the hospital’s presence in the community, reaching new patients, and ensuring patients receive effective and coordinated care. You are aware of ABC Hospital’s current issue with charity care: there is no defined policy for who can write off an account, and no defined standards for what qualifies a patient to receive charity care. The billing department has reported multiple complaints due to the lack of a policy, and frustrations from both providers and patients. Your presentation will address how to appropriately utilize the charity care resource of financing.
Review the resource within Topic 3: Principles and Practices Board Sample 501c(3) Hospital Charity Care and Financial Assistance Policy and Procedures (Links to an external site.). (HFMA, n.d.)
Prepare an 8-10 slide PowerPoint presentation
Assume fictional information to develop your content.
Address the following points in your presentation:
1. Why ABC Hospital needs and uses charity care
2. Patient demographics and percent of hospital patient population receiving charity care in the last fiscal year (fictional data).
3. Define the issues that have contributed to poor management of the charity care provision.
4. Propose a new way to move forward, providing effective care to patients, utilizing charity care properly. What is different about this approach, then what was happening previously?
-Using bullet points, clearly define a minimum of three benefits of your plan for moving forward.
-These benefits should be focused on the financial health of ABC hospital, while balancing the needs of your patient population. -These points will be the cornerstone for future development of a policy on charity care.
-APA style should be followed throughout.
-A title and reference slide are required.
-Please include a minimum of three scholarly sources.
Prologue: The clarion call for health care reform in the 1980s from many quarters has been replacing what Stanford Professor Alain C. Enthoven has labeled “cost-unconscious care” with market-driven price competition. Because competition systematically attacks the traditional cross-subsidies within hospitals that have financed indigent care in the past, though, the movement has had a decided impact on access to care among uninsured people.
In this paper, Lawrence Lewin and Marion Ein Lewin discuss this dynamic and explain how medical care can be financed for uninsured people in this new era of price competition. Lawrence Lewin, who holds degrees from Princeton and Harvard Universities, is president of a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm that bears his name.
He has been a fixture on the Washington health policy scene for well over a decade, first serving as vice-chairman of the McNerney Task Force on Medicaid and Related Problems in 1969–1970.
Lewin and his organization have been at the forefront of educating federal, state, and local officials about how health services research can be employed to address public policy problems facing the several levels of government. Working under the auspices of the National Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology Assessment, Lewin and his firm have convened some fifty workshops with government officials for this purpose.
Lewin has also consulted with many state governments on the development of cost-containment strategies and has worked closely with many private organizations as well, including academic health centers, hospitals, insurance companies, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, and alternative delivery plans.
Marion Ein Lewin is director of the Center for Health Policy Research at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). She has been the editor of and has contributed to three AEI health policy books. Previously, she worked as associate director of the National Health Policy Forum and as a health legislative assistant to Rep. James H. Scheuer (D-N.Y.).