Hospitals required to pay debt relief as part of settlement
BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A Washington not-for-profit health organization has been ordered to pay as much as $25 million in patient debt relief, restitution and fees as part of a settlement of a lawsuit brought by the state over the organization’s charity care practices.
The Kitsap Sun reported on Monday that as part of the settlement, patients of several CHI Franciscan hospitals will receive full or partial refunds.
The state originally filed its charity care lawsuit against St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma in 2017, but the settlement applies to eight CHI hospitals around Puget Sound. The lawsuit alleged that CHI repeatedly violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act from 2012 to 2017 by failing to make charity care accessible to low-income patients.
Information from: Kitsap Sun, http://www.kitsapsun.com/