This program is designed to provide free or discounted care to those who have no means, or limited means, to pay for their medical services (Uninsured or Underinsured). In addition to quality healthcare, patients are entitled to financial counseling by someone who can understand and offer possible solutions for those who cannot pay in full. The Patient Account Representative’s role is that of a patient advocate, that is, one who works with the patient and/or guarantor to find reasonable payment alternatives. Dr. Padma Ram Medical Services LLC will offer a Sliding Fee Discount Program to all who are unable to pay for their services. The program’s eligibility is on a individual’s inability to pay and will not discriminate based on whether payment for those services would be made under Medicare, Medicaid, or CHIP; the individual’s race, color, sex, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Federal Poverty Guidelines are used in creating and annually updating the sliding fee schedule (SFS) to determine eligibility.
Eligibility: Discounts will be based on income and family size only. Dr. Padma Ram Medical Services LLC uses the Census Bureau for definitions of the following: a. Family is defined as: a group of two people or more (one of whom is the householder) related by birth, marriage, or adoption and residing together; all such people (including related subfamily members) are considered as members of one family. b. Income includes earnings, unemployment compensation, workers' compensation, Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, public assistance, veterans' payments, survivor benefits, pension or retirement income, interest, dividends, rents, royalties, income from estates, trusts, educational assistance, alimony, child support, assistance from outside the household, and other miscellaneous sources. Noncash benefits (such as food stamps and housing subsidies) do not count. c. Uninsured: The patient has no level of insurance or third-party assistance to assist with meeting his/her payment obligations. d. Underinsured: The patient has some level of insurance or third-party assistance but still has out-of-pocket expenses that exceed his/her financial abilities. e. Poverty Guidelines: The poverty guidelines are a simplified version of the Federal Government's statistical poverty thresholds used by the Bureau of Census to prepare its statistical estimates of the number of persons and families in poverty. The poverty thresholds are used primarily for statistical purposes. However, the Department of Health and Human Services uses the thresholds for administrative purposes to determine whether a person or family is financially eligible for assistance or services under a particular federal program. Our poverty guidelines are based on last (calendar) year's increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index. The poverty guidelines are published in the Federal Register and are revised yearly. Following is the link to the 2022 poverty guidelines - https://aspe.hhs.gov/topics/poverty-economic-mobility/poverty-guidelines
Income verification: Applicants must provide the following: prior year W-2, two most recent pay stubs, letter from employer, or Form 4506-T (if W-2 not filed). Self-employed individuals will be required to submit details of the most recent three months of income and expenses for the business. Adequate information must be made available to determine eligibility for the program. Self-declaration of Income may only be used in special circumstances. Specific examples include participants who are homeless. Patients who are unable to provide written verification must provide a signed statement of income, and why (s)he is unable to provide independent verification. This statement will be presented to Dr. Padma Ram Medical Services LLC Owner or his/her designee for review and final determination as to the sliding fee percentage. Self-declared patients will be responsible for 100% of their charges until management determines the appropriate category.
Completion of Application: The application can be completed online using the link - https://forms.gle/fyEFFiUMBSQmYDXY7 or by printing the PDF in the downloads section of this page. The patient/responsible party must complete the Sliding Fee Discount Program application in its entirety. By signing the Sliding Fee Discount Program application, persons authorize Dr. Padma Ram Medical Services LLC access in confirming income as disclosed on the application form. Providing false information on a Sliding Fee Discount Program application will result in all Sliding Fee Discount Program discounts being revoked and the full balance of the account(s) restored and payable immediately. If an application is unable to be processed due to the need for additional information, the applicant has two weeks from the date of notification to supply the necessary information without having the date on their application adjusted. If a patient does not provide the requested information within the two-week time period, their application will be re-dated to the date on which they supply the requested information. Any accounts turned over for collection as a result of the patient’s delay in providing information will not be considered for the Sliding Fee Discount Program.
Administration: The Sliding Fee Discount Program procedure will be administered through the Business Office Manager or his/her designee. Information about the Sliding Fee Discount Program policy and procedure will be provided, and assistance offered for completion of the application. Dignity and confidentiality will be respected for all who seek and/or are provided charitable services.