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Former hospital employee questions billing affect

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By The Staff

I worked with the Gadsden County hospital when it was moved from what is now the Gadsden County Sheriff's Offices. In the 2 years I worked with the hospital, my hours were cut twice from 40 hours per week to 20 hours a week. This was in the mid-1980s. The hospital didn't make enough money then and hasn't since that time.

On April 26, 2007, I had an occasion whereby I had to use the services of the Urgent Care. I have Medicare and a supplement insurance that pays what Medicare doesn't.

I recently received a Medicare summary notice dated July 9, 2009 that was a summary of claims processed from April 13 through July 5, 2009. A claim was processed during that time for my visit in 2007 to the Urgent Care Center. Medicare did not pay the claim because the time limit for filing had expired. Could that be one of the reasons the Gadsden Medical facilities lose money?

If by chance we do get a hospital, maybe a top priority would be to get all claims processed in a prompt and efficient manner.

I was appreciative of the fact that I didn't have to go all the way to Tallahassee to get medical attention at 9 p.m.

Janice Johnson

Quincy