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ND Hospitals Need Help Screening Bad Debt

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Medical centers in western North Dakota's booming oil patch need help in diagnosing which patients seeking non emergency services are bad debt risks.
    
As part of a fund of nearly $10 million to help defray hospitals' bad debt in 2013-2015, the Legislature appropriated $700,000 for new information technology aimed at reducing bad debts by evaluating patients' creditworthiness.

Hospitals and clinics in the 17 oil- and gas-producing counties, and nearby health care facilities, have been straining under bad debt loads.
    
Matt Grimshaw, CEO of Mercy Medical Center in Williston, says bad debts at his facility have doubled as a percentage of revenue.

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