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Jessica Groothuis, a patient access registrar at Rice Memorial Hospital, displays an estimated bill. Using the patient's insurance information, it takes less than five minutes to generate an estimate of what a procedure will cost and what the patient's out-of-pocket responsibility will be. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Rice Hospital sees smooth implementation of pay-in-advance policy

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WILLMAR -- When Rice Memorial Hospital adopted a policy last December asking patients to pay at least part of their bill up front, there were some worries. Would people object? Would there be pushback?


But six months into the new policy, few if any problems have materialized, say hospital officials.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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