Intermountain encourages patients to receive hospital cost estimates prior to scheduling non-urgent hospital services.
To get the most accurate out-of-pocket cost estimates, patients with insurance are encouraged to contact their insurance provider directly. Insurers can help their members understand their current benefits and any copayments or deductible requirements that are important in determining accurate out-of-pocket cost estimates.
Uninsured and underinsured hospital patients may qualify for discounts, financial assistance, or other payment options. More information can be found on Intermountain’s financial assistance page.
Intermountain’s patient access pre-service team is an additional resource all patients may use in getting pre-service cost estimates.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires hospitals to publish their standard hospital charges. Intermountain is supportive of efforts to help patients better anticipate and understand the cost of their healthcare. The services referenced above are recommended as the most helpful resources for patients to understand their expected costs. A listing of standard charges may be found on each hospital’s website.
No Surprise Billing and Good Faith Estimate
Patients are protected from surprise billing or balance billing when receiving emergency care at an out-of-network facility or receives emergency treatment by an out-of-network provider at an in-network facility. Health care providers must also provide a cost estimate for medical items and services to patients who do not have insurance or are not using insurance.