HOSPITAL REGISTRATION SERVICE (SMS) IS NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRY.
The new service will allow hospitals and health care organizations to easily access online information for billing, payment, payment verification and payment and collection.
It is a critical step for the growing number of hospitals, medical facilities and other health care providers looking to open their doors to the public and to ensure their payment systems are up to date and compliant.
“As more and more hospitals and medical facilities become online, we’re seeing more and better options available to consumers to get payment for services,” said Tim Meckel, vice president of marketing and business development for the CMS.
“The new CMS SMS service is the first step to making sure the payment process works as efficiently as possible.”
Hospitals will have a way to check if their payment system is up to snuff.
Hospitals and health providers will be able to access a list of payment providers for their state.
For example, hospitals and facilities in California, Florida and Texas are all eligible to get the payment service.
“We want our consumers to have a better understanding of their payment options and how they can check their payment status and ensure they’re not paying the wrong person,” said Dr. Michael B. Gorman, chief medical officer for HealthNet Health, an organization that represents hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
“With SMS, we can help hospitals and others understand how their payment process is functioning, and we’ll continue to work closely with them on developing payment solutions that meet the needs of our customers.”
CMS has been actively recruiting payment providers and has worked with a number of payment service providers.
For instance, the agency recently teamed up with PayPal to develop a new payment system for hospitals that would be used by Medicare, Medicaid and state and local governments.
CMS also is working with a few other payment service companies to develop payment solutions for hospitals.
Hospice care provider HCA has partnered with the CMS to develop an online payment system that will allow its members to pay for medical expenses, such as funeral expenses, with their credit cards.
The CMS has also recently announced a partnership with the medical devices company Medtronic that will make it easier for hospitals and providers to provide payment for health care related devices.
Hospices can now also register with the federal government to become an SSA.
The Affordable Care Act allows hospitals and healthcare facilities to receive federal tax credits and reimburse them for certain services and activities.
Hospiters are already eligible for the payments, and a number are looking to expand their eligibility to other categories.