Archive for August 2011
R&B Solutions has been in the business of assisting the uninsured and under-insured as a National Provider of Medicaid Eligibility helping patients and hospitals for over 20 years with state-specific Medicaid experience in all 50 states.
R&B Solution is a Medicaid Advocacy firm that has developed software, not a software company attempting to break into the complex Medicaid enviornment. RAMP (Rapid Application for Medical Programs) has been a cost effective way for hospitals to automate charity care applications and provide Medicaid eligibility determination so patients are no longer required to obtain a Medicaid denial in order to complete the charity application process. One hospital identified approximately 41% of their write-offs as charity versus an average of 21% prior to implementation of RAMP. The new IRS tax return service is also very beneficial to legitimize applications where patients indicate they do not file a tax return.Three Illinois hospitals stripped of property tax exemption
By CBS Chicago
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Three Illinois hospitals have been told they’ll have to start paying property taxes, but the hospitals warn the move will affect everyone’s health care.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, Edward Hospital in Naperville and Decatur Memorial Hospital have been told they are losing the property tax exemptions granted to non-profit hospitals because their facilities operate more like businesses than charities.
As CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports, the state’s Revenue Department said they’re not doing enough charity work, so now they’ll have to pay property taxes. The department also is reviewing property tax exemption applications from 15 other hospitals.
The Illinois Constitution exempts any places used exclusively for charitable purposes from paying property tax.
But the Illinois Department of Revenue said that the three hospitals weren’t doing enough free or discounted treatment of the poor to qualify for the exemption.
The Illinois Hospital Association saw things differently.
“It’s not good for patients. It’s not good for our communities. There’s nothing positive about this,” said IHA President Maryjane Wurth
Wurth said the denial of property tax exemptions for Prentice, Edward and Decatur Memorial hospitals could mean big changes for their patients.
“Northwestern Memorial serves the highest number of Medicaid moms that deliver babies in the entire state and we, frankly, think these are essential community benefits that need to be preserved,” Wurth said. “We fear and worry that this will mean that there will be less community services, less ability to help with prevention and primary care services, less access to care — because these hospitals reinvest and provide essential community assets and services to patients.”
Nick Danos said he’s received valuable care at Edward Hospital here in Naperville.
“Edward Hospital pours in so much money into the community,” he said. “They do so much for the town, they do pro bono work.”
The Illinois Department of Revenue said the three hospitals operate more like a business than a charity. Patients are treated for a fee, not for free, therefore they should pay property tax.
“I think it’s unfortunate, because Edward is one of the premier hospitals in the state and I’ve gone there personally with my children and I’ve always been very pleased with their care, so if that were to happen I’d be very disappointed,” Naperville resident Denise Newman said.
The hospitals can appeal the decision and ask for a review by the courts.
Northwestern officials said they will review all of their options.
“We are disappointed by, and disagree with, the Illinois Department of Revenue’s decision to deny Northwestern’s Prentice Women Hospital its property tax exemption,” officials said in a statement. “It is important to note that Prentice Women’s Hospital and its predecessor hospital, along with the land which was previously used by Wesley Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University has not been taxed for almost a century.”
Decatur Memorial Hospital and Edward Hospital officials said they planned to appeal the Revenue Department’s decision.
Illness or injury of yourself or a family member is stressful for anyone. For the uninsured it is a nightmare. Medical bills quickly mount and in a short time can exceed a family’s savings. R&B Solutions contracts with hospitals around the country to assist people through these difficult times and help them get assistance with finding a payment source for the uninsured.
R&B Solutions has a reputation of a company with high integrity. We treat our client’s patients with compassion and professionalism to help them through a difficult and sometimes confusing time. We evaluate to see if people may qualify for government medical programs and hospital financial assistance. Our representatives help people file the application for these programs and assist them in getting the verification and documentation to prove their eligibility.
The guidelines for various programs frequently change and the experts at R&B Solutions keep abreast of the changes in the various states to make sure that you are being correctly evaluated for assistance. We have developed a nationally recognized software program, Rapid Applications for Medical Programs, or RAMP, to assist people in the application process and use this software to ensure that all people are evaluated appropriately for every program that is available. RAMP automatically fills out the appropriate forms requested by the government offices in the state in which the person resides, as well as some special programs offered for each hospital we contract with.
R&B Solutions also assists people through the appeals process if they have been improperly denied, and have taken cases through court review, if necessary. In fact, in the State of Illinois, R&B Solutions successfully challenged the State’s “sudden onset” requirement for undocumented immigrants that Illinois had improperly added and altered the federal Medicaid statute.
We hope to be able to offer you our insight and knowledge base with this blog so that you can be kept up to date on changes to various state Medicaid requirements, gather tips on simplifying the application processes, and in obtaining documents, as well as any other useful pieces of information.
Over time we would also like to occasionally share with you some of our best success stories. As advocates for financial health, R&B Solutions regularly assists the patients and providers on the “front line” of health care and the implementation of its current reform in their fight to ensure solutions for the uninsured patient and self-pay population as we have for over 20 years. With this blog, we aim to provide a combination of our expertise in industry news with patient and hospital benefits by demonstrating to you the positive purpose R&B has in our way of helping people. R&B is more than just helping those in need file forms on their behalf; often times it is life changing.
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