If you have Medicare or Medicaid, your rate is based on a system called Diagnosis-Related Groups (DRG's). All other types of insurance, if applicable, are based on the hospital's charges or on negotiated discounts with your insurance company.
Your insurance company will automatically be billed on your behalf, provided you submitted the necessary information before you were admitted. Within 30 days, you will receive an itemized statement indicating the amount your insurance company has paid and, if applicable, the remaining balance to be paid by you.
Please keep in mind that you will receive separate statements for each date of service. For instance, you will also receive separate bills for use of the hospital facilities in addition to the professional service fee of the physician. Other tests that may be billed separately include x-rays, laboratory, cardiology and consulting physicians; such services are provided by independent physicians who are not employees of the hospital.
You have the right to receive all the hospital care that is necessary for the proper diagnosis and treatment of your illness or injury. According to federal law, your discharge date must be determined solely by your medical needs - not by DRG's or Medicare payments.
You will be asked to sign a "Consent for Appeal" form prior to services being rendered. This will enable St. Joseph's Healthcare System to appeal the insurer's decision regarding reimbursement.
For additional information, questions or concerns, please contact your social worker/case manager:
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and St. Joseph's Children's Hospital: 973.754.3155
St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital, a division of St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center: 973.956.3707