The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires all hospitals to publish their charge description master. To offer our patients more information about costs and charges, we share our price transparency file*. This is a comprehensive listing of individual procedures, services and items billable to a hospital patient or a patient's health insurance provider. It is important to note the file does not reflect what a patient actually pays, but rather charges before specific variables, like insurance plans, are applied.
CMS requires all hospitals to share this document in the format provided here. We want you to be empowered with as much information as possible when making healthcare choices and planning for care – but we want you to understand there are many variables related to your specific care and your insurance coverage that aren’t accounted for here. You may use this document to become more informed. We also suggest our online price estimate tool and/or a call to our counselors to give you a more personalized estimate for your care, and for you to better understand your individual care costs. These resources take into account information more specific to you.
When reviewing the price transparency file, remember:
- While this document outlines standard base charges, and certain other information, these are not necessarily charges a patient will have to pay.
- Every patient is unique and actual payment is highly dependent upon a combination of factors.
- Even for similar procedures at the same facility, what a patient actually pays may differ based on their insurance plan and other factors.
- Cost is only one factor consumers should review when making healthcare decisions. Outcomes, quality/safety data and experiences should also be considered.
*Files will continue to be updated.
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Price transparency FAQ
Healthcare charges can seem quite complex. Understanding the differences between the costs you see and the costs you actually pay can be challenging. We, and CMS, want patients to have information to help understand the costs of care so they can plan accordingly.
Many factors and variables come together to determine the cost for services. Your specific health insurance coverage is one factor. Our negotiated rates with payers is another, which is included in our price transparency file. Your overall bill for a service, procedure or surgery may contain a number of different line items, too, such as a cost for the doctor, the facility, anesthesia, imaging, medications, supplies and more. The scenario might not be exactly the same for every patient, as patients’ needs vary.
We try to provide information as helpfully as possible while recognizing the charge description master can’t take into account your personal specifics. We try to provide an average charge for the given item, service or procedure, or the cost that applies to most patients in the same scenario.
The price transparency file gives you an approximation of expected costs, but remember, we can’t determine a specific price for you without knowing certain information specific to you, such as your health insurance carrier and plan. That’s why we encourage you to use the price transparency file as a resource in conjunction with our price estimate tool and/or a call to our financial counseling team Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at 913-588-7850.