CT Attorney General Wants Hospitals to Disclose ‘Facility Fee’

Many patients have been surprised to see a “facility fee” on top of charges for in-office services and procedures provided to them by practices. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has asked the state’s hospitals for a list of their affiliated providers by December 6 after receiving numerous complaints from consumers who were not informed about the fees. A “facility fee” is what hospitals say they have to charge patients of practices they have acquired because acquiring an independent practice increases their overall costs. Jepsen wants a list for patients so that they have the option of going somewhere else if they don’t want to be charged a fee which is a separate and sometimes expensive fee.

Emerging trends in Connecticut and throughout the country point towards heavy healthcare industry consolidation where hospitals are merging with other hospitals and acquiring medical practices. Jepsen notes that it’s especially important for consumers to understand this shift and the associated costs.

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HMS Blog: 2012 Year In Review

The HMS Blog kicked off in 2012 receiving 12,000 visits from 92 countries and more than 800 followers in 12 short months.

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