The federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires all hospitals to publish a list of their charges also known as the hospital Chargemaster. Jefferson Healthcare supports this effort to price transparency, it is important to note that figures listed on the hospital Chargemaster, in most cases, are average prices for medical procedures which are subject to change.
Hospital, clinic and laboratory charges are not the amount Jefferson Healthcare is paid by the government, most private insurers, or the majority of the uninsured. Most importantly, the figures listed are not what a patient may pay for the service/procedure listed. Patient responsibility varies by payor and can include copays, coinsurance, or other patient responsibility. Insurance companies determine the portion of the bill the member is responsible for, and the team of Jefferson Healthcare Financial Counselors is available to help you understand these terms.
Jefferson Healthcare is here as a partner to help patients understand prices. Pricing is complicated and may involve many components. Questions and/or concerns can be directed to the Financial Counseling team at 360-385-2200 ext 2267.
Washington hospitals are committed to sharing information about the pricing and quality of the health care services they deliver in their communities. The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) has developed the following online resources to educate consumers and help them make informed decisions about where they choose to seek care.
Consumers are encouraged to contact their insurance company with questions about coverage, or their physician with questions about a medical condition or proposed treatment.
Hospital Pricing: Information on charges at Washington hospitals, courtesy of WSHA.
- View pricing, number of discharges, length of stay and demographic information for select inpatient services.
- View results alongside county and state figures (see sample below) or compare up to four different hospitals at a time.
Hospital Quality Measures: Washington hospitals’ performance on selected quality measures, courtesy of WSHA.
- View performance indicators for each hospital. Sort by hospital, county or quality indicator.
- Compare the results with state and national averages.