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• February 15, 2022


Since January 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have mandated all hospitals to publish a comprehensive, online list of standard charges for services and goods provided. This initiative aims to enhance price transparency, allowing patients easy access to charge information. At Valley Forge Medical Center & Hospital, we fully support efforts to improve pricing transparency. However, it’s essential to recognize that this list of standard charges represents only a starting point in understanding the costs associated with your healthcare.

At Valley Forge Medical Center & Hospital, we are dedicated to ensuring our patients and their families have access to clear and comprehensive information regarding the financial aspects of their healthcare. In keeping with the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and Section 2718(e) of the Public Health Service Act, we are committed to enhancing transparency around the charges for our services and items. This initiative is part of our ongoing effort to empower patients, improve healthcare literacy, and support informed decision-making regarding healthcare expenditures.

To fulfill our commitment to transparency, we offer a detailed list that outlines our hospital’s standard charges for various services and items, including the average charges for diagnosis-related groups as defined under section 1886(d)(4) of the Social Security Act. This list is meticulously updated on an annual basis to ensure it reflects our most current pricing information. However, it’s important for patients to understand that the charge master, while comprehensive, may not accurately predict the actual costs of healthcare services due to the complexity of medical billing and individual insurance policies.

Your actual out-of-pocket expenses are influenced by several factors, including:

  • Negotiated Rates: The rates your insurance company has agreed upon with the hospital for services, which are typically lower than the standard charges.
  • Your Insurance Plan: The specific details of your plan, such as co-pays, co-insurance, or deductibles, play a significant role in determining your financial obligation.

For uninsured individuals, the hospital offers reduced prices and may provide eligibility for financial assistance or charity care.

Beginning January 1, 2021, hospitals are required to present their standard charges in two new, more accessible formats:

  1. A Comprehensive Machine-Readable File: This file includes all standard charges for hospital items and services.
  2. A Consumer-Friendly Display for ‘Shoppable’ Services: This includes various standard charges such as:
    • Discounted cash price for individuals paying without insurance.
    • Payer-specific negotiated charges.
    • The minimum and maximum negotiated charges across all third-party payers.

About YOUR Cost

We understand the challenges in estimating out-of-pocket costs before receiving care. For most patients, standard charges have minimal impact on what they actually pay, which is more influenced by their insurance plan. To get the most accurate estimate of potential costs, it’s best to work directly with your insurer and our patient financial services team. They can consider factors like your treatment complexity, insurance coverage, and any additional procedures or tests you might need.

Understanding healthcare pricing can be challenging due to the various factors that influence the final cost to patients. These factors include insurance coverage differences, benefit plans, and individual patient needs. Consequently, the charge master should be viewed as a starting point for understanding healthcare costs rather than a definitive guide to what you will pay for services at Valley Forge Medical Center & Hospital.

For patients seeking a more accurate estimate of their out-of-pocket expenses, we recommend contacting our dedicated patient financial services team. Our expert staff can provide personalized price estimates that consider your specific insurance coverage and the particular services you will be receiving. This personalized approach ensures that you receive the most relevant and accurate information to help you plan for your healthcare expenses effectively.

Our Transparent Pricing Resources

  • Standard Charges List: Access our comprehensive list of standard charges for services and items provided by our hospital. This resource is designed to give you a broad overview of potential healthcare costs.
  • Personalized Price Estimates: Contact our patient financial services team for tailored estimates based on your insurance coverage and the specific services you require.
  • Insurance and Billing FAQs: Our frequently asked questions section offers additional insights into insurance policies, billing procedures, and how to interpret your healthcare bill.

Valley Forge Medical Center & Hospital understands that healthcare costs and billing can be complex and sometimes overwhelming. Our patient financial services team is here to provide support, answer your questions, and assist you in navigating the financial aspects of your healthcare journey.

To learn more about our pricing transparency resources or to request a personalized price estimate, please contact us.

Shoppable Services and Disclaimer

It’s important to note that the information provided is not a final guarantee of the charges. Final billed charges may vary for reasons such as medical conditions, treatment plans, and unforeseen complications. Professional fees like physician, radiologist, and pathologist fees may not be included in these estimates. Insurance information is based on provided data or historical claims, subject to change, and not a guarantee of payment.

Transparency in healthcare pricing is a vital component of patient care and satisfaction. At Valley Forge Medical Center & Hospital, we are steadfast in our commitment to providing clear, accessible, and understandable financial information to our patients and their families. By empowering our patients with knowledge and personalized support, we aim to demystify healthcare costs and foster a more informed patient community.

Remember, you are not alone in navigating the financial aspects of your healthcare. We are here to help you every step of the way, providing guidance, support, and clarity to ensure that you can make informed decisions about your healthcare expenses.

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