The National Rural Health Resource Center has released an updated version of the Sliding Fee Scale Discount Guide for Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics. The updated guide includes new information and details relevant to rural health clinics.
This guide provides critical access hospitals and rural health clinics guidance on developing a sliding fee scale discount program. A sliding fee scale discount program adjusts the amount an eligible patient owes for health care services based on their ability to pay. The guide also includes information on how sliding fee scale discount programs relate to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(r) compliance and participation in the National Health Service Corps.
The updated sliding fee scale guide includes:
Reasons to implement a sliding fee scale discount program
Developing a sliding fee schedule discount program
Creating a sliding fee scale discount structure
Using a sliding fee scale discount program at your organization
Updated consideration for 501(r) compliance
Updated National Health Service Corps participation
Updated Appendix: Example sliding fee schedule
You can find more information on the guide here and the full text here.