UNIONVILLE, Mo., Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hospital Partners Inc. issued the following statements and information regardingthe MO State Auditor's recent report.
As a rural hospital / critical access hospital Putnam County Memorial Hospital is authorized by law to assign and bill for clinical laboratory testing provided at a reference lab. The "non-patient" clinical
The gross mischaracterization of this standard practice by the State Auditor's office has led to inaccurate conclusions and potential limitations of access for the local patients being served by the hospital.
"The assignment of non-patient lab specimens has been standard practice for rural and critical access hospitals for many years. The purpose of the rural/critical access exceptions is to give rural healthcare facilities a fighting chance to survive and serve their local communities. Reference labs operate by means of a similar clinical protocol - the patient does not present to the hospital for the testing, the patient specimen is sent instead. These provisions simply allow rural/critical access hospitals to compete," said Mark Thomas, an attorney who specializes in healthcare compliance.
Since Hospital Partners Inc., have taken over the day-to-day operations of Putnam County Memorial Hospital more than six million dollars has been paid to alleviate much of the outstanding debt and allow the hospital to fund critical programs.
"We appreciate the Auditor's concerns and take them seriously. We will be reviewing and addressing the procedural findings within the report; however, had the Auditor's office referred to the applicable healthcare laws that govern this commonly-accepted practice before issuing the report, we genuinely believe the findings would have been substantially different. We have also reached out to the Attorney General's office to request a meeting to clarify this issue," said Thomas.
The following are the relevant provisions:
"We look forward to working with all involved to bring clarity and closure to this issue," stated Thomas.
Contact: Mark Thomas 352-372-9990 or David Byrns 954-336-4640
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SOURCE Putnam County Memorial Hospital
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