Hospital streamlines payment method

         In an ongoing effort to provide a high level of professional care and keep treatment costs at a minimum, Prairie Community Hospital (PCH) will begin implementing payment at the time of service for all services at Prairie County Clinic beginning May 1, 2010.  

Payment will be due prior to services rendered for any amount not covered by insurance, including co-pays, co-insurance, deductibles and self pay. This EXCLUDES Medicare patients who have secondary coverage.
For patient convenience Prairie County Clinic accepts cash, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, and debit cards.  If needed, PCH will continue helping our patients by means of payment arrangements.
Prairie Community Hospital and Prairie County Clinic will be implementing a Financial Assistance program beginning May 1, 2010 to patients that do not have the ability to pay part or all of their out-patient hospital and clinic bills. This program is calculated on a sliding scale based on the Federal Poverty Guidelines published in the Federal Register each year, and number of household members sharing the same income. Patients are required to complete an application and provide evidence of income.
Patients that do not qualify for 100 percent Financial Assistance may still qualify for partial assistance. Qualification is determined by a patient's medical expenses exceeding the families total gross annual income and total household assets that are not sufficient to cover the expense without the liquidation of assets critical to living or earning a living (home, car, retirement).
Prairie Community Hospital (PCH) is a 21-swing bed critical access hospital located in eastern Montana, providing 24-hour emergency care, Laboratory, and Radiology services.  In addition, PCH services include Prairie County Clinic operating Monday through Friday, 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.  For appointments with the Prairie County Clinic please call 406-635-5863.

Published April 21, 2010

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