837Assignments of Benefits HELP!!!
- Apr 5, 2002I sure hope this group can help me an dpoint me in the right
direction. We are a small rural hospital in Southern Illinois and I
have a question or two about assignment of benefits. We have several
people that do our emergency room registration at night, emts,
nurses, etc. However, the information they obtain is scarce and many
times they do not get a consent for treatment or assignment of
benefits form signed. My HIM department tells me we are
performing "Battery" on patients if we do get their consent. But
what about Billing issues? Can I leaglly bill Federal Healthcare
Programs when I do not have a consent? The Assignment of Benefits
box is marked on my billing forms because it is hardcoded in our
system. Can anyone direct me to where I can go for documentation
that says we must have an assignment of benefits? Please help!!