Third-party payers are the insurers that reimburse physicians and health care systems for services rendered – which identifies them as a central source of revenue for physicians and health care systems. This includes the two main categories of payers: the private insurances (such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, etc.), and the public/government programs (such as Medicare/Medicaid/SCHIPs).
Third-party payers use a variety of reimbursement methods to pay providers and hospitals, depending on the specific payer involved and also the specific service(s) provided (outpatient or inpatient). The calculations vary and can be complicated, but they are critical to understand in terms of the basic math behind them. It’s also important to understand how the different payers compare in terms of reimbursement levels. Let’s move forward to examine how services are paid for by the third-party payers.
Using the information in the Module 4 overview and required readings, as well as some additional research in peer-reviewed sources, complete your Case assignment by answering the questions in the following two-part assignment. Please show all formulas and calculations of your work in your paper.
Part I – Paying for Hospital Services – Overview
Mrs. Jones is a 74-year-old woman who is currently hospitalized for an ischemic stroke. She’s at a large urban Philadelphia hospital, and in the past few days, she’s incurred $189,000 in Medicare-approved charges for her care. Using the information provided in this Module, as well as the Hospital Payments Example (found in the Course’s table of contents link under “Presentations”), use the DRG table below to answer the following questions. Be sure to include all formulas and calculations used in your paper.
Part I – Assignment
In approximately three pages, answer the following questions related to Mrs. Jones’ ischemic stroke. Show all formulas and calculations of your work.
Part II – Paying for Physician Services – Overview
Mr. Thompson is an 83-year-old Medicare beneficiary. He is under the care of Dr. Heintz. Assume the following values for services provided by Dr. Heintz:
Geographic Cost Index
Conversion Factor: 51.52
Part II – Assignment
In approximately three pages, answer the following questions. Show all formulas and calculations of your work.