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',ndian Valley Record Wednesday, Jan 11, 2012 7A Mona Hill Crosslin said that after indicating charges for each Staff Writer discussion with Binczewski facility or doctor. and finance department It also indicates insurance, staff, it was a simple matter Medicare or MediCal billing; Last November, following to create a new statement, identifies payments and ac- e special audit of Plumes Lafferty said, "We heard count adjustments; and District Hospital's patient fi- them," referring to the clearly indicates the amount nancial systems, Chief Exec- steady stream of billing com- owed as a patient balance. utive Officer Doug Lafferty plaints, "and we did some- In addition, the statement essentially promised a new thingabout it." directs patients to the re- billing format by Feb. 1, Previously, patients re- verse side of the statement, 2012. ceived a statement for each which provides information At the district's Jan. 5 visit with nothing to indi- about payment Plans and board meeting, he and Fi- rate whether the hospitalmethods, including automat- nance Director Cindy had billed a patient's insur- ed payments and interest- Crosslin rolled out a sample ance or if the insurance had free, short-term payment of their delivery on that paid any portion of the hal- plans and the hospital's promise, ance indicated charity care program. Although additional Each visit had its own ac- There is also information changes are likely once PDH count number and patientsabout the electronic billing completes the financial could receive multiple state- and online payments avail- records conversion, the new ments, often resulting in the able to patients at format provides significant- impression of duplicate Simply click on the "Pay My ly more information than billing for the same visit. Bill" button to be redirected previous billing statements. The new statement pro- to the payment page at In November, Lafferty ac- vides a unique medical Once knowledged that billing is- record number, which |den- there follow log-in or regis- sues were the single largest titles the patient and will re- tration instructions. problem for the hospital, main constant. Now, when,Patients can also use the with complaints arriving on contacting the business of- back of the statement to pro- a dally basis rice, patient and billing staff vide insurance information. By then PDH had contract- have access to exactly the Lafferty said the new ed Fred Binczewski of Ja- same information, statement begins with the rebus Consulting to address The new, consolidated February billing cycle. issues his firm identified statement (see accompany-For more information or during the audit, ing graphic) identifies the help with billing, call the In a telephone converse- specifics of each visit to the PDH Business Office at 283- tion Jan. 6, Lafferty and hospital or a physician, 7400. For OlIHng In.Ires: (r~)) 293-7400 12/05/2011 123456 TaS IS I~or A 61tL No Payment Due PAYMENT OPTIONS ARE ON THE REVERSE .,~4DE OF THIS PA~E PLUMAS DISTRICT HOSPITAL 1065 BUCKS LAKE RD QUINCY, CA 95971 1343470060000001234 1205113 Please detach and return top por~n with payment. ' [] Check box if address is mcorrect or insurance inlormalion I ili ll ] ......... ~~~~!g~ ~,~ .................................................... :: :: ! (},CO ---'---"---" , ,, :, oUTaTANDING BALANCE FOR JOHN D 173.00 (},CO I i ir un il in The Plumes County Fire Safe Council cordially in- vites citizens to participate in its regularly scheduled monthly meeting to be held Thursday, Jan.. 12, at the Plumas County Planning & Building Services office, lo- cated at 555 Main St'. in Quin- cy, from 9 to 11 a.m. At the meeting, the council will elect board members and officers for 2012. Information will also be presented on ex- isting wildfire mitigation projects, implementation of the Community Wildfire Pro- tection Plan and efforts to ex- pand current programs. The council continues to seek communities who would like assistance in developing wildfire mitigation activities The council can provide com- munity assistance in public education, application to become a Firewise Commu- nity, or work to assist in the reduction of hazardous fuels Hazardous fuel reduction is a key mitigation measure rec- ognizing the need to reduce levels of hazardous fuels that are fueling wildfires, increas- ing the destruction of forests, watershed and habitats and threatening communities. The science is thoroughly convincing that reducing fuels, by reducing excessive fuel ladders, will reduce the intensity and subsequent damage from wildfires. To date the council has received funding for completing treat- ment of 3,200 acres in 20 com- munities. For more informa- tion on how to request assis- tance from the council, visit and click on Hazardous Fuel Reduc- tion. The Plumas County Fire Safe Council is a coalition of citizens, businesses and rep- resentatives from local, state and federal government agencies, which share a com- mon interest in preventing loss of life and minimizing loss of property from wild- land fires. The mission of the Fire Safe Council is: "To re- duce the loss of natural and manmade resources caused by wildfire through Firewise Community programs and pre-tlre activities." For more information on the council, Plumes Coun- ty's Community Wildfire Protection Plan and other fire safe information, visit the website or contact the coordinator by email to coord@ or phone 283-0829 and leave a message. COMMUNI TY CORNER ' WEEKLY CALENDAR. LASTWEEK S CHURCHES ---Gr--7 envme Town Hen,TEMPERATURES ..... t l-ake~lmanor *Elevation] Church Of Jesus Christ Of Seventh-Day Adventist, 310-2042, Workshop for Plumas 6633. DATE HIGH LOW I?C_urren~ 4,485.11 | Latter Day Saints, 284-7517 or 284- Hwy. 89, next to Sierra Sunrise, Artists, 2-4:30p.m., Greenville Indian Valley 4-H Club, 7 Southern Baptist Church, pm, Taylorsville Grange Hall, Jan. 3 56 24 I 1 Year Ago 4,481.55 / 1414, Hideway Rd., Greenville. Greenville Greenville Wolf Creek Road, 284-7360 284-7071. Jan. 4 55 24 I Lake Almanor**Capacity | First Baptist, 284-7714, 133 Hot Springs Southern Baptist, 284-7522, 241 284-7069. AA, 7 p.m., First LutheranJan. 5 53 23 1 lCurren 910,951 | Rd.. Greenville. Greenville Wolf Creek Rd., Greenville. Feather River Resource Church, Bush Street,Jan6 45 20 i Year 824'190/Christ the Redeemer Church, 284- St. Anthony's Catholic Conservation District Greenville. Jan. 7 52 18 I Bucks Lake *Elevation |1003, 120 Bush St., Greenville, ctrangli- Father Larry Beck. Jessie Street, Board meeting, 7 p.m., Plumes Corp. office, Quincy. Tuesday, Jan. 17 Jan. 8 52 18 I ICurren 5,136.67 | canorg. Greenville. 283-0890. Sunday Mass, 11 Public welcome. Call 283-7512 Taylorsville Quilting and Jan. 9 -- 17 |1 Year Ago .5,14446 | am.; Thursday Mass, noon. / First Lutheran, 284-7683, Community United Methodist for more information Sewing Group, 10:30 a,m, Total Precip: 4.23 to date; BucksiLake **Capacity |116 Bush St., Greenville. AA Big Book/Step Study, 7 with potluck at noon. Last Year this date: 20.40. tCurren{ 70,471 | Iorsville,Churches 284-7316,f Greenville212 andpine TaY-St., Greenville and Nelson & Warren St., ray- 1 Yearbgo 83,359 |Greenville Assembly of God, 284- p.m., First Baptist Church, Dawn Institute, 5:30 p.m. CaLlSeason is July 1 to June 30 Hot Springs Road, Greenville. for location 284-6036. | | 6586, Forgay & Setzer, Greenville. *Elevation above sea level in ft. | Iorsville California Women in Tim- I Compiled by t'*Storaae in acre ft. / Indian Mission Full Friday, Jan. 13 ber, 6 pm, Quincy Library. Gospel, Christ the Redeemer Church, 284- Sewing, Crafts and Coffee, [/ Raymond Hunt ~*'8'2012J" Jan. 26, 2011 |jN.Valley Rd.,Greenville. 1003, First Lutheran, 120 Bush St., 11 a.m.,noon, Tay]orsville Wednesday, Jam 18 Greenville.,