Governor Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut has signed a bill that will notify patients if they will face extra charges for getting outpatient care at hospital-owned facilities. Medical practices owned by hospitals charge facility fees which are separate from doctor bills. Many patients who receive them say they were not notified beforehand about the fees. The new bill also requires that “patients get information on the potential cost if they’re scheduled to receive direct care and it’s clear what services they will receive.” However, patients must schedule appointments at least 10 days in advance to be given notice before going to the office; otherwise, they will receive the notice once they arrive at the facility.
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