Children's Minnesota behind on billing

Minneapolis-based Children's Minnesota, a two-hospital freestanding pediatric health system, is behind on sending medical bills out, according to a 5 Eyewitness News report.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed billing delays to the TV station, saying "the longest delay in statements was four months."

Becky Woitalewicz, acting vice president of finance and CFO, addressed the issue in a statement to 5 Eyewitness News.

She said Children's Minnesota began replacing two existing billing systems with a single system in May as part of improvement efforts.

"This enhancement will reduce the number of statements families receive and will provide a single number to call with questions. Despite some delays in billing, we are making significant progress and believe that families will be better served long term with a single system," said Ms. Woitalewicz.

The hospital spokesperson said families were notified of billing delays beginning in August, and any remaining delays are expected to be resolved in the next week. She said Children's Minnesota will work with patients on payment plans.


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