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About your bill
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR BILL AND PATIENT FINANCIAL SERVICES
Our Mission:To provide an optimal quality, cost effective continuum of healthcare services to all citizens and visitors of Carteret County, ensuring a safe environment of respect, compassion, and dignity.
Carteret General Hospital understands that the cost of healthcare is a concern to our patients and we are committed to providing outstanding customer service by assisting our customers with registration, billing and other Patient Financial Services in a timely and professional manner.
In most situations, your first encounter at Carteret General Hospital will be with one of our Patient Access Representatives. For admission to the hospital or for outpatient testing, please present to the Patient Access Department located at the 35th Street entrance. Emergency Room visits will consist of registration at your bedside. The registration process consists of gathering information including address, next-of-kin and insurance information. If your physician has given you a paper order, please present it to the Patient Access Representative. The foremost concern of our staff is your safety and confidentiality. By verifying your information and picture identification at each visit, we can reduce the risk of errors and protect your identity. We look forward to serving you.
If you are scheduled for an outpatient procedure, you may be contacted by telephone to complete the pre-registration for your visit. This process will allow for a quicker service on the day that you present at Carteret General Hospital or the Imaging Center. Feel free to contact the Pre-Registration Patient Access Representative at (252)808-6627 to initiate this process.
As a courtesy to our patients Carteret General Hospital will gladly file a claim with your insurance carrier. CGH is a contracted provider with Medicare, Medicaid, BlueCross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare, VA, Tricare, Medcost, Multiplan, and many others. We will submit claims to all insurance plans even if we do not have a contract with them.
Most payers have regulations such as prior plan approval, etc. for scheduled or elective services such as MRI, CT procedures, Same-day surgery etc. Please check with your Physician and/or insurance company prior to scheduling these types of services. Sometimes you may be financially responsible if the insurance company’s regulations are not followed. This generally does not apply to Medicare beneficiaries, however, it may apply if you have a Medicare HMO or Private-Fee-For-Service (PFFS) plan such as Humana Gold, Southeast Community Care, etc.
Medical Necessity is a Medicare term that may not be familiar to you. Medical Necessity is a term hospitals and physicians use to indicate tests that Medicare will likely not reimburse. Here’s why: Medicare does not pay for all of your healthcare costs. They pay only for covered items and services when their regulations are met. The fact that Medicare may not pay for a particular item, or services, DOES NOT mean you should not receive it. There may be very good reasons why your physician recommended it. Carteret General Hospital encourages you to discuss any Medical Necessity or Statutory Exclusion concerns you may have with your physician in order to develop your best course of medical treatment.
If your physician orders a procedure or service that Medicare will not cover, you will be asked to sign an Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN). The ABN informs you in advance of your treatment that Medicare is not likely to pay for the procedure. By signing the ABN, you are indicating that you understand and agree to be fully responsible for payment.
Notice of Exclusions from Medicare Benefits (NEMB)
There are items and services for which Medicare will not pay. Medicare does not pay for all of your health care cost. Medicare only pays for covered benefits. Some items and services are not covered Medicare benefits and Medicare will not pay for them.
When you receive an item or service that is not a covered Medicare benefit, i.e. Self-Administered Drugs, you will be billed for these items and will be responsible for paying for them. Payment of deductibles, co-payments, and other non-covered services are expected at the time services are rendered. These items are also typically not-covered by a secondary or other insurance plan. If you have questions regarding this Medicare policy, please refer to your “Medicare & You” book or contact the Medicare beneficiary hotline at 1-800-633-4227.
Carteret General Hospital will submit claims to Medicaid provided you supply the required information and/or verification of coverage is obtained through the Department of Social Services. You may be responsible for a portion of your charges if Medicaid makes that determination. If you do not have medical insurance or feel you may qualify for Medicaid, Carteret General Hospital has a staff person on-site from the Carteret County Department of Social Services to assist you with your Medicaid application.
If the services you are requesting or receive are the result of a work-related injury, Carteret General Hospital will bill your employer or your employer’s Insurance carrier if we receive verification from your employer that it is work related. Otherwise you will be responsible for the bill. We will also ask for your health insurance information in the event that Worker’s Compensation denies the claim.
Services Not Billed by Carteret General Hospital
During your hospital stay, you may receive services from physicians and/or other healthcare providers who will bill separately for their services. Carteret General Hospital may provide your insurance information to these providers. If you have any questions about their bills, please contact them directly. Some of these providers may include:
- Your physician, surgeon, or consultant
- Emergency Medicine Physicians (EMP)—(800)982-8177
- Coastal Radiology—(800)552-7756
- Carteret Anesthesia Associates—(800)222-1335
- Carteret Pathology—(800)-846-7978
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where is the Patient Financial Services Department located?
- The Patient Financial Services Department (PFS) is located on the first floor directly under the Brady Birthing Center. You may also contact us at (252)808-6506.
- How do I request an itemized statement?
- You will receive a summary bill approximately 10 days after you are either discharged as an inpatient or receive outpatient services. You may contact the Patient Financial Services department at (252)808-6506 to request a copy of an itemized statement.
- Do you accept Debit/Credit Card payments?
- We accept MasterCard, Visa and Discover. You may present your card at the cashier’s office in our Patient Financial Services Department or you can complete the credit card section on the monthly billing statement. Additionally, you may call one of our Patient Account Representatives and we can also process your payment over the phone. We are also planning to offer online payments in the near future.
- What if I am unable to pay my balance in full?
- We at Carteret General Hospital have experienced Patient Account Representatives that are ready to assist you with financial matters whether establishing a payment plan or an eligibility determination for Medicaid or other government assistance programs. We also offer the following:
Prompt Payment Incentive Program
Carteret General Hospital offers a prompt payment discount for patients who either do not have any health insurance or on the balance after all insurances have paid their portion. You may contact one of our Customer Support Representatives at (252)808-6506 for additional information regarding this.
Carteret General Hospital has a Financial Assistance program to assist patients who may not be able to meet their financial obligations and are not eligible for other types of assistance. You will be asked to provide tax documents, pay stubs and other information so that we may determine how much assistance you may be eligible for. After the application is completed, it will be reviewed for eligibility. Based on your income and the CGH financial assistance guidelines, you may be eligible for a reduction or in some cases have your entire bill adjusted. You may contact a Customer Service Representative in our Patient Financial Services Department at (252)808-6517 for further information about this program.