R&B has been contracted by hospitals for over twenty years to assist their patients applying for medical assistance, charity care and other financial assistance programs
Waukegan, IL (PRWEB) March 2, 2009
The R&B Solutions Rapid Application for Medical Programs (RAMP), a copyrighted and trademarked web-based and stand-alone software solution that automates the process for determining Medicaid and Charity Care eligibility, serves as a direct facilitator to meet and exceed many of the requirements in Illinois' Uninsured Patient Discount Act.
With an agreement reached between Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Hospital Association, amended SB2380 (or the Hospital Uninsured Patient Discount Act) passed out of the Illinois State Senate and now Public Act 09-0965 requires all hospitals to provide discounts to eligible Illinois residents. The discounted amounts vary based on the resident's income compared to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and based on the type of hospital. Hospitals must provide discounts to 135% of cost to eligible uninsured patients who request it. In addition, hospitals cannot collect more than 25% of annual income from eligible patients who do not have significant assets. There are currently over 1.8 million uninsured individuals in Illinois approximately fourteen percent of the state's population. The new law goes into effect on April 1, 2009.
"R&B has been contracted by hospitals for over twenty years to assist their patients applying for medical assistance, charity care and other financial assistance programs," said Dennis A. Brebner, CEO of R&B Solutions, Inc. "R&B is a professional patient advocate organization that can attest to the strong commitment of Illinois Hospitals to assist their patients as an important part of their organization's mission. With this in mind we have programmed the Uninsured Patient Discount Act into our RAMP product to allow hospitals to easily transition and track their charity care and to conform to the new law."
The RAMP program was developed as a result of R&B's extensive experience with the application process for Charity Care and Medicaid through its Medicaid Advocacy and Solutions for Uninsured Patients (SUP) program. For over 20 years, R&B Solutions has supplemented hospitals' growing need for Medicaid and other charity applications, and in the process developed its own software to compliment their needs and those of the uninsured that they are assisting. The web-based program helps to correctly identify self-pay patients who are eligible for charity care, Medicaid, Crime Victims, and other public assistance programs, and auto-populates that information into the necessary forms with electronic signature verification. RAMP greatly improves the timely efficiency crucial to meeting program deadlines and maintaining a database on community benefit efforts.
"One of the real solutions in health care is leveraging technology for greater productivity," Brebner continued. "New Health Care directives by President Obama's administration are focusing attention on the need to streamline enrollment and the eligibility process particularly for the 46 million uninsured in the United States. R&B's RAMP program has been designed to automate the medical assistance and charity care processes. RAMP also provides the record database of the hospital's efforts for compliance and to demonstrate the effectiveness of their efforts. RAMP also delivers credit products to expedite the process and to provide identity verification as well as identity fraud and theft alerts. This is a real solution to help with some of the difficulties faced by the uninsured in the U.S." concluded Brebner.
Contact: Ryan Brebner
About R&B Solutions
R&B Solutions is a leading Medicaid Advocacy corporation that both uninsured patients and medical providers alike have come to trust to solve many of the problems facing uninsured patients and the medical facilities from which they seek help. R&B Solutions offers a wide variety of solutions for medical providers to assist their patients. The company uses highly-trained patient advocates efficient in State Human Services processes, internally developed software, and years of legal experience to identify and assist the uninsured. R&B Solutions offers expertise in the field of Medicaid Advocacy (inpatient solution), Solutions for Uninsured Patients (SUP), outpatient solutions, and RAMP, Rapid Application for Medical Programs, a proprietary software that screens for Medicaid and charity eligibility. Founded in 1986, R&B assists health care providers and their uninsured patients across the United States. Visit us at randbsolutions.net