(DALLAS – February 27, 2012) – Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) announced today that its board of trustees has authorized the hospital to begin billing for patient care. The decision to accept reimbursement, which was carefully reached by members of the hospital’s board of trustees, is part of an effort to ensure that a strong plan is in place to protect and sustain the hospital’s 90-year legacy of delivering premier patient care to children throughout Texas.
“After a comprehensive and thorough evaluation of the hospital’s current practice in this changing economic and healthcare environment, and recognizing that more than 90 percent of TSRHC patient families have some form of health care coverage/medical insurance, the TSRHC Board of Trustees concluded that implementing a new business model was necessary and appropriate,” said Bob Walker, President and Chief Executive Officer of TSRHC. “Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children will continue to operate as we have in the past, by providing medical care based solely on what is best for the child, while treating the whole child — physically and emotionally — using a collaborative approach.”
TSRHC will accept payment from insurance companies, government programs, including Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIPs) and from patient families. Co-payments and deductibles will be billed for those patient families with commercial insurance.
The hospital will perpetuate its mission of providing care to patients regardless of a family’s ability to pay, through a financial assistance program. Families that meet the eligibility criteria may be eligible for free or discounted care.
TSRHC is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, including scoliosis, clubfoot, congenital dislocated hip, Legg-Perthes, limb-length differences and hand conditions, in addition to certain orthopaedic-related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia.
TSRHC treats Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age and, since 1921, has relied on the generosity of individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to continue its mission.
“As a former patient, I can tell you the hospital changed my life,” said Lyndon L. Olson, Jr., Chairman of the TSRHC Board of Trustees. “The hospital has always provided the highest quality treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. Our commitment to quality care and the total hospital experience is at the core of our mission and has always been our highest priority. That will not change.”
Olson added, “We’ve been evaluating and developing the reimbursement process for more than two years. TSRHC patient families, staff and necessary parties will be fully informed about how the transition will affect them.”
About Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children:
For the past 90 years, physicians at TSRHC have treated thousands of Texas children with a wide range of orthopaedic conditions. Since its inception in 1921, the hospital has treated more than 210,000 children, and in 2011 the hospital had more than 40,000 outpatient clinic visits. The Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Center for Musculoskeletal Research consists of five Centers for Excellence supported by the hospital’s research divisions and core facilities. In addition to patient care, the hospital strives to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs. TSRHC’s renowned physicians are the authors of the standard reference guide used by orthopaedic surgeons around the world — now in its fourth edition — known as Tachdjian’s Pediatric Orthopaedics: from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Through TSRHC’s Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis, the hospital has trained more than 160 fellows who practice throughout the U.S. and internationally. In addition, TSRHC researchers and physicians have generated 20 patents for innovative medical devices that are used to improve the lives of children throughout the world.