SOURCE: PointCare

PointCare

December 09, 2013 09:01 ET

Coalinga Regional Medical Center Chooses PointCarePA to Help Screen & Enroll Uninsured Patients

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 9, 2013) - PointCare, a patient advocacy-focused software company, has announced a new contract with Coalinga Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Coalinga, Calif. PointCare will provide web-based screening and enrollment automation technology that gives instant access to health coverage options for the rural hospital's uninsured patients.

The agreement to use PointCarePA, a cloud-based software that helps hospitals, medical clinics and other providers better screen, track and enroll patients in health plans, follows a 120-day trial with CRMC using the software in its Emergency Department. The trial's analysis indicated that of the 302 uninsured patients participating in the 90-second, 5-step screening, 89% were eligible for free or low-cost public coverage.

"PointCarePA is helping our Emergency Department staff overcome significant hurdles in the screening and enrollment process for public health coverage programs," said Sharon A. Spurgeon, CRMC CEO/Administrator.

PointCarePA organizes the fragmented health coverage system by providing real-time eligibility, coverage, and application information for several thousand U.S. health coverage programs. The software's database not only includes every state's Medicaid & CHIP programs, private plans, and Affordable Care Act-Exchange options, it also takes into consideration additional state and federal programs and each facility's charity care programs. To date, more than 500,000 uninsured individuals have been screened with the system, giving them the ability to successfully navigate today's complex health insurance system.

"Having a rural hospital, like Coalinga Regional Medical Center, as well as a metropolitan-based system, like Sharp HealthCare, both using PointCarePA to screen and enroll uninsured patients demonstrates the scalability of PointCarePA and the tremendous opportunity hospitals have to make a positive impact on the uninsured. CRMC is going to make a great difference in their community," said Everett Lebherz, Vice President of Business Development for PointCare.

PointCarePA's clients include several California-based hospitals and clinics, and the company is currently in the negotiation process with more than 50 hospitals throughout the country and hundreds of clinics.

For more information about PointCare, please visit www.PointCare.com, email PCPAInfo@PointCare.com, or call 650-762-1928.

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