July 29, 2019

Around the nation: Dialysis provider waives $524,600 bill

Daily Briefing

    Following an article from NPR and Kaiser Health News, Fresenius said it had been "incorrectly classified as … being out of network," and announced it would waive the charges retroactively, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Illinois, Missouri, Montana, and Wisconsin.

    • Missouri: Children's Mercy Hospital's Intensive Care Nursery is experiencing a baby boom among staff. Hospital officials recently announced that its nurses are expected to give birth to 36 babies this year. So far, 20 of the 36 babies have been born. "Our Intensive Care Nursery nurses spend their days and nights with little ones from across the Midwest who need the most advanced care," the hospital said in the post. "They've also had a baby boom of their own!" (KMBC, 7/24).

    • Illinois/Wisconsin: Advocate Aurora Health announced that it has moved to a single CEO model, and Jim Skogsbergh will serve as the system's president, effective immediately. Skogsbergh previously served as co-CEO of the organization with Nick Turkal. The co-CEO model went into place in April 2018, when Advocate Health Care and Aurora Health Care merged to form Advocate Aurora Health (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 7/25).

    • Montana: The dialysis provider Fresenius agreed to waive a $524,600.17 bill for Sovereign Valentine, a patient who underwent 14 weeks of dialysis at Fresenius Medical Care. Valentine, who’d been diagnosed with kidney failure in January, selected Fresenius for his dialysis treatment after being informed that there were no in-network options in his home state of Montana. Valentine ultimately received a bill for $540,841.90 for his treatment, of which $16,241.73 was paid for by his insurance. However, following an article from NPR and Kaiser Health News, Fresenius said it had been "incorrectly classified as … being out of network," and announced it would waive the charges by retroactively treating Valentine as an in-network patient (Gold, "Shots," NPR, 7/26).

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