Skip to comments.Washington To Limit Medicaid Emergency Room Visits
Posted on 10/02/2011 6:25:01 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Washington state is preparing to limit Medicaid coverage of emergency room visits for non-emergency care.
State officials have notified clients that they will get coverage for only three of those visits each year starting Saturday. Additional visits will not be covered, and patients may be billed for that care.
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And so it begins.
too many use the emergency room for the doctor’s office
Waste of money to pay postage to mail a bill. They aren’t going to pay anyway. This is just going to hasten the bankrupcy of more hospitals.
And why should ANY non-emergency visits be covered?
You are absolutely right about that! I have worked ER’s in several states, and in every one, we were bogged down with non-emergency patients who we had to see regardless..........Fear of litigation ran deep.
In many areas there is no none emergency medical care available on weekends and after 5 PM. If the government
wants to deal with something deal with this obvious flaw!
none = non
Bill all you want, they won’t pay it. If they are illegal, or on welfare, or unemployed, there’s not much that can be done.
To fix it, the hospitals need to set up triage nurses at the door. Do not let these people register or make it to the waiting room. If the problem is determined to be non-emergent, call their MD and make an appointment for them for when the MD can see them and send them on the way. Before they get in the hospital to even sit down.
Our hospital will receive 32 million dollars less this year due to Medicaid cuts. We will still have to provide the care, but we just won't get paid. These Medicaid/medicare cuts in no way stop these people from receiving care. It stops hospitals and doctors from getting paid for care they provide as stipulated by the law and medical ethics.
Isn’t it interesting that a northern, liberal, supposedly more “enlightened” state would attempt this!?
Why should taxpayers be on the hook for a ten year war? I hate paying for a losing battle. I much rather pay for someone’s health than a soldier’s death. I also don’t like paying for aid to Pakistan or the Palestinians. We don’t have much say in where our tax money goes.
That is why doctors are suing - they want to get paid.
Many Medicaid recipients use the ER for their family doctor because Medicaid pays for the ER but not office visits. Down in my part of Texas, one hospital put up a sign: “If your illness is not deemed an Emergency, you must pay a $50 charge before being seen by a physician.” That cleaned out the Emergency Room.
So what if they will be billed. They aren’t going to pay. They would as soon owe $600 for a emergency room visit as $100 for an office visit.
It’s not their money. What do they care?
A couple years ago there was a story around here about people that were on medicaid using the emergency room hundreds of times.
For stuff like a stubbed toe.
None of these people paid anything for their visit.
You know what? After seeing bills for $12 for a bandaid, boo hoo to the hospital
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