Why 2 hospitals are slashing medical bills by 50%

Ohio Valley Medical Center in Wheeling, W.Va., and East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, are allowing patients with outstanding medical bills to pay only half of their balance, according to The Intelligencer.

Under the limited-time offer, if a patient pays half of a medical bill from 2018 or earlier, the hospitals will write off the remaining half of the bill.

The hospitals have received a lot of positive feedback from patients who were happy their medical debt was reduced by half. Officials said the offer has helped the hospitals collect on overdue accounts.

"It's a really good way to collect on old accounts," Jose Guevara, the hospitals' revenue cycle director, told The Intelligencer.

The current offer was slated to end Feb. 28, but the hospitals plan to extend it until mid-March.

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