Hawes Financial Group (HFG) owner of HealthFirst Financial, HeRO Business Services, and Professional Credit Service, today announced that it has acquired Eligibility Plus, Inc. (EPI) a medical eligibility company for both inpatient and outpatient services. This transaction increases HFG’s footprint in health care self-pay receivables in California, Utah, and Idaho, the area EPI serves.

For over twelve years EPI has been extremely successful at providing eligibility screening services to hospitals no matter the size or location of the facility. Onsite, diligent professionals work with each patient individually to identify possible funding sources and convert self-pay accounts to third-party coverage thereby reducing bad debt and uncompensated care for hospitals and clinics.

“The level of care given to each patient and EPI’s unique personal screening process offers providers a value proposition proven to increase cash flow, increase patient and employee satisfaction, and improve community relations,” said Janet Malmberg, co-founder and CEO of EPI. “With the upcoming changes to Disproportionate Share under the Affordable Care Act, it is even more important to make sure that everyone finds some type of eligibility. By leveraging the strengths of both organizations we will provide our customers with additional resources and more expansive service offerings. We are excited to be joining the Hawes Financial Group.”

“This is an excellent acquisition for HFG. Our long term strategy is to provide a comprehensive portfolio of solutions to assist health care organizations and their patients. We’ll concentrate our business expansion efforts in the western United States as this area offers significant growth potential,” said Joe Hawes, President and CEO of Hawes Financial Group. “HFG and EPI share a common approach to business and are both active in their communities. We appreciate how EPI has cared for its customers and maintained professionalism in this industry.”

HFG will continue to support EPI’s services, enhancing EPI’s offerings with industry-leading technology and solid financial backing. Clients of both organizations will continue to see performance levels they expect without interruptions in service, development, or operations.

About Hawes Financial Group

HFG utilizes its time, talent, and resources to improve the quality of life for its clients, consumers, and community.  HFG is owned by Joseph Hawes and is headquartered in Springfield, Oregon, with offices throughout the West.  HFG companies include Professional Credit Service, HealthFirst Financial, HeRO Business Services, and Professional Portfolio Service. To learn more about HFG, visit www.hawesfinancial.com.

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