Issue of June 10, 2018
Mt. Province

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Baguio hospitals won’t participate in hospital holiday

The city council on Monday passed two resolutions supporting the appeal of private hospitals in the city for the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to hasten the reimbursement of claims, and to conduct a massive information campaign on the PhilHealth’s e-Claims services.

The resolutions were passed after the council learned during the session the plight of hospitals that have yet to be reimbursed by PhilHealth.

Representatives from private hospitals in the city gave their stand about the reported plan of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PHAPI) for a “hospital holiday” as a means to press PhilHealth to pay its accumulated obligations of around P9 billion to member-hospitals of the association.

Notre Dame De Chartres Hospital Administrator Sr. Maria Teresita Parreño, Pines City Doctors Hospital representative Teresita Gaspar, and Saint Louis University Hospital of the Sacred Heart representative Arnulfo Soriano said they will not join the hospital holiday and assured that they would continue giving quality service to their patients while seeking dialogue with PhilHealth for it to immediately attend also to their concerns and needs.

PhilHealth Regional Vice President Jerry Ibay said an agreement was already reached with the PHAPI, which include reconciliation of records and launching of a portal that will continuously update hospitals of their claims profiles to avoid the recurrence of the problem.

PhilHealth also conducts quarterly “Ronda Probinsya” in every province in the Cordillera informing government and private hospitals with regards to the progress of their claims.

PhilHealth has also initiated its e-claims service and strengthened its Hospital Information for claims as a form of assistance to hospitals that are not connected to the Internet.

E-claims is an interconnected modular information system for claim reimbursement transactions. It starts from the time a patient intends to avail of the PhilHealth benefits at accredited health care institutions and ends when the claim is paid. 

PhilHealth’s usual processing of claims with no problems and with complete documents is within 60 days.

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The council approved Ordinance 73, s. or the “Smarter Roads Ordinance.”

Introduced by Councilors Maria Mylen Victoria Yaranon and Benny Bomogao, the ordinance mandates the incorporation and implementation of key traffic concepts such as the: No stopping within 10 meters before and after intersections; Use of the Baguio City Police Office-Traffic Management Unit as a resource to direct traffic in some intersections; and Reduce the number of one-way streets within the central business district.

Other traffic solutions concepts are: Implementation of modern roundabouts at critical intersections or where it is applicable; Implementation of transit lanes; Implementation of self-enforcing road markings; Implementation of public transport stops or loading and unloading zones; Use thermoplastic paint for all road markings; Location of new pedestrian crossings; Changes to promote traffic calming in the CBD and some highways; Information sharing of new routing with Google maps, Waze, and others applications.

The Traffic and Transportation Management Division of the City Engineering Office shall be the lead implementer of the Ordinance.

Also approved is Ordinance 76, s. 2018, requiring all business owners in Baguio to install reflectorized tapes or eye-catching markers on glass doors and glass panels of their business establishments for public safety.

The measure, authored by Councilor Joel Alangsab, requires that the markers shall be installed permanently, should be easily noticed, and shall be a pre-requisite to the issuance of a business permit.

Non-compliant establishment owners would be fined Pl,000 on first offense; P2,000 on second offense; and temporary closure of the establishment on third offense.

The measure was submitted to Mayor Mauricio Domogan for his signature.

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