Not categorically. Make sure you do your research first. You should have a solid financial aid policy in place before you write off any patient responsibility for which you are contractually obligated to collect.
Medicareâ€™s Fraud and Abuse Guideâ€™s â€śExamples of Improper Waiver of Deductible and Copayments,â€ť outlines, â€śmarketing practices that may be suspect to charge-based providersâ€ť includes â€ś(Non-) Collection of copayments and deductibles only where the beneficiary has Medicare supplemental insurance (â€śMedigapâ€ť) coverage (i.e., the items or services are â€śfreeâ€ť to the beneficiary,â€ť and â€śFailure to collect copayments or deductibles for a specific group of Medicare patients for reasons unrelated to indigence.â€ť
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