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LEWISTOWN, Pa. – Geisinger Western Region would like to honor all patient access representatives for their contribution. April 1–7 is the National Patient Access Week to acknowledge these special goodwill ambassadors in the Access Department for setting the standard of care that all hospital staff aspires to achieve.

“Patient Access staff are often the first person a patient interacts with when they arrive. While we are not clinical, we help our patients by clearly communicating their insurance benefits and assuring that their personal information is accurate. It is not uncommon to see Patient Access staff grabbing extra blankets for patients, getting a cup of coffee for a family member, or giving a child a coloring book during their visit. Access staff consistently go above and beyond to make our patients feel as comfortable as possible," said Jessica Nail, director, patient access, Geisinger Western Region.

At Geisinger Western Region, the goal of the patient access department is to accurately gather patient demographics, insurance information and verification, and copay collections while registering patients for their current or upcoming visits. If these are not done correctly, it could result in payment denials which lead to bills being sent to patients in error. This is done while treating the patient and their families with the utmost respect and compassion whether they are on the phone or face to face.

Last year Geisinger Lewistown Hospital admitted 4,779 patients and handled 178,963 outpatient visits.

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