We know you have questions about your billing. We have answers.
Experience has generated a long set of common billing-related questions from patients. We have answered numerous Medicare and general billing questions for you below.
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, as well as certain younger people with disabilities. Visit the Medicare website for more information.
If you lose your card, request a replacement card by phone at 1-800-772-1213 or online at the Social Security Administration website. Make sure you have your Medicare number ready when you call. You should receive your new card in about four weeks.
Call Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 or contact your local Social Security Office to verify Medicare Part A and Part B coverage. This information can also be found on your red, white and blue Medicare card.
If you are receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement or disability benefits, you will be automatically enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B. About three months prior to your 65th birthday or 24th month of disability, you will be sent an Initial Enrollment Package containing information about Medicare, a questionnaire, and your red, white and blue Medicare card. If you want both Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Part B (medical insurance), sign your Medicare card and keep it in your wallet. If you don’t want Part B coverage, you must put an X in the refusal box on the back of the Medicare card form, sign the form, and return it with the card to Social Security at the address shown. You will then be sent a new Medicare card showing that you have only Part A.
General Billing FAQs
Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive pertaining to patient billing.
Yes, you may pay your bill with a credit card online anytime. You may also pay in person or over the telephone.
The bill may be for lab work that was sent to the hospital lab by your doctor.
A summary of your charges is printed on the first statement you receive from the hospital. A detailed bill is available approximately five days after your discharge.
In addition to your hospital bill, you may receive bills from other physicians who may have provided services to you. For instance, you may receive bills from consulting physicians, radiologists, anesthesiologists or other specialists. Please contact those physician offices directly if you have questions concerning those bills.
When making medical payment decisions, make sure you first know the total cost of your services. Then, it’s best to check with your insurance company to learn:
- What your insurance will cover
- What you will owe out of pocket
- What methods of payment the facility accepts
- Who will be completing insurance forms — you or the facility’s office staff