QUINCY -- Blessing Health System will be issuing what it feels will be consolidated, easier-to-understand patient bills.
The single bill will cover any charge for care provided by Blessing Physician Services (BPS) in Quincy or any of its rural health clinics, such as Blessing Hospital and Illini Community Hospital in Pittsfield.
Charges for imaging and laboratory test interpretation by radiologists and pathologists are not currently part of the Blessing consolidated patient bill.
The first consolidated bills were issued the week of June 1.
Instead of a payment plan for each of the three providers, only one plan will be needed. Information about payment plan options, and the ability to activate and manage a plan, will be linked to the consolidated bill should a patient be interested. Under the current system, interested patients must make a separate call to accomplish those tasks.
Due to differences in their organizational structures from other health system affiliates, Hannibal Clinic and Denman Services, Inc., stores in Quincy, Macomb, Pittsfield and Hannibal will continue to issue separate bills to their patients and customers.