Central Peninsula General raises rates

Posted: Friday, September 06, 2002

KENAI (AP) -- Central Peninsula General Hospital is increasing its rates by an average of 6 percent, the hospital has announced.

Diana Zirul, president of the nonprofit organization that manages the Kenai Peninsula Borough-owned hospital, said there are a variety of reasons charges need to be increased.

The board voted unanimously for the increase. The changes are effective this month.

''Our reasons for the increase were to keep pace with inflation, the rising costs of medical technology, rising insurance premiums and to maintain our ability to offer the highest quality care,'' Zirul said.

Edward Burke, hired in July as the hospital's CFO, said the increase could have been worse, were it not for a review of billing software used by the hospital.

In April, the hospital contracted Quorum Health Resources' director of health financing resources to conduct a review of the cost reporting and monthly contract allowances. The review identified some errors in the billing system.

Burke is working with a team of hospital employees to improve the system.

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