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
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?
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