Steep cuts to Medicaid and Medicare will result in many of Georgia’s 95 health clinics being unable to keep their doors open. These facilities serve a population that is often primarily at the poverty level, the elderly, unemployed and uninsured.
As a result, city and urban facilities could see a significant increase in uninsured and under insured patients as these patients do not have access to any other options for healthcare.
City & Urban Hospitals Need To Prepare for New Challenges
Hospitals will need to:
• Increase medical and administrative staffing to handle the influx of additional patients, especially for patients that may utilize ER services in place of what would have been primary care services prior to the cuts.
• Absorb the costs of an increase in patients and staffing as there will be little or no government money (or at best temporary money) to assist (Medicaid or Medicare).
• Review internal policies on how to handle additional patients and billing procedures for patients who cannot afford medical care.
It’s imperative for all hospitals to begin reviewing policies and procedures before an influx of patients occurs and the potential for lawsuits arises.
Experienced Healthcare Attorneys
Jeyaram & Associates has more than 50 years legal healthcare experience and has helped numerous city and urban hospitals conduct internal audits, write policies and procedures and ensure compliance with state and federal laws.
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