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Tue May 14, 2024, 11:19 AM May 14

Why one New York health system stopped suing its patients


Why one New York health system stopped suing its patients

Noam Levey
May 14, 2024
Heard on: Marketplace Morning Report


“They’re scared. They’re nervous. They’re upset,” said Mungenast, who on one recent call worked with an older patient to settle a $143 bill. “They do think, ‘I don’t want this to affect my credit rating. I don’t want you to come take my house.’”

At Rochester Regional Health, that won’t happen. The nonprofit system in upstate New York is one of only a few nationally that bar all aggressive collection activities. Patients who don’t pay won’t be taken to court. Their wages won’t be garnished. They won’t end up with liens on their homes or be denied care. And unpaid bills won’t sink their credit scores.

American hospital officials often insist that lawsuits and other aggressive collections — though unsavory — are necessary to protect health systems’ finances and deter freeloading.

But at Rochester Regional, ditching these collection tactics hasn’t hurt the bottom line, said Jennifer Eslinger, chief operating officer. The system has even been able to move staff out of its collections department as it spends less to go after patients who haven’t paid.


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"Freeloading" Bayard May 14 #1


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1. "Freeloading"
Tue May 14, 2024, 11:37 AM
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A word that rethuglicans use to describe Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, and any other assistance.

This hospital is doing the compassionate thing--a rarity in corporate medical care.

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