In accordance with new requirements from the Center for Medicare and Medcaid Services (CMS), effective January 1, 2019, all hospitals must make public a list of standard charges from their "hospital charge master."
Story County Medical Center's "charge master" includes hundreds of charges for procedures, laboratory testing, pharmaceuticals and professional services. However, it does not include the many charges that could be associated with tests or treatments.
Professional fees for services provided by independent practitioners, such as your primary care provider, surgeon, radiologist, pathologist, anesthesiologist, or other specialist are not included in the "charge master" lists.
Other circumstances that can impact actual costs include:
- Level of care or service
- Surgery or recovery circumstances, such as length of time
- Equipment, supplies and medications required
- Additional tests required by your provider
- Unexpected conditions or complications
Therefore, charges vary by each patient experience and level of service. You should consult with your primary provider and other service providers about their charges. You should always contact your insurance provider for specific information about coverage under your specific health plan.
We appreciate that all of this can be confusing and difficult for patients to use efficiently. We therefore strongly recommend you use these lists as a guide and, if you have further questions, to please call our business office at (515) 382-7751, where a member of our business office can assist you.
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