Guidelines for Submission: This white paper should include a table of contents and sections that can be easily separated for each department area. It should be
a minimum of six pages (in addition to the title page and references). The document should use 12-point Times New Roman font, double spacing, and oneinch margins. Citations should be formatted according to APA style.
You are now a supervisor within the patient financial services (PFS) department of a healthcare system. It has been assigned to you to write a white paper to
educate other department managers about reimbursement. This includes how each specific department impacts reimbursement for services, which in turn
impacts the healthcare organization as a whole. The healthcare system may include hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, and more. For now, your boss has
asked you to develop a draft of this paper for the hospital personnel only; in the future, there may be the potential to expand this for other facilities.
When drafting this white paper, bear in mind that portions of your audience may have no healthcare reimbursement experience, while others may have been
given only a brief overview of reimbursement. The goal of this guide is to provide your readers with a thorough understanding of the importance of their
departments and thus their impact on reimbursement.
EXAMPLE of Topic: A patient comes in through the emergency department. In this case, the patient would be triaged and seen in the emergency department. Think about what
happens in an emergency area. The patient could be asked to change into a hospital gown (think about the costs of the gown and other supplies provided). If the
patient is displaying signs of vomiting, plastic bags will be provided and possibly antinausea medication. Lab work and possibly x-rays would be done. The patient
could be sent to surgery, sent home, or admitted as an inpatient. If he or she is admitted as an inpatient, meals will be provided and more tests will be ordered
by the physician—again, more costs and charges for the patient bill.