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- Financial Assistance
- Financial Assistance Forms
- Discounted Rates
- Financial Responsibilities
- Liability Insurance
- Observation Status
- Physician Fees
- Participating Insurances
- Pay Your Bill
Howard County General Hospital provides necessary emergency medical care to all persons regardless of their ability to pay. We will consider financial assistance for those patients who cannot pay the total cost of hospitalization due to the lack of insurance coverage and/or inability to pay. Please discuss any financial concerns you may have with your financial counselor.
If you do not have insurance, our financial counselors will schedule an interview with you to determine payment arrangements and/or assist you in completing a Medical Assistance application (below). For additional information, please call 410-740-7675.
Financial Assistance Forms
Patients who make full payment of their hospital bill at discharge will receive a two-percent discount. There is a one-percent discount for full payment within 30 days of discharge. Discounts do not apply to telephone and television services.
It is important for you to discuss your estimated length of stay, and anticipated tests and services with your physician prior to your admission. Many insurance carriers have coverage limitations on room charges and certain tests, services and procedures. Once we receive your insurance information, financial counselors in our Admitting Department will verify your benefits. If your insurance will not fully cover your estimated charges, including deductibles and co-payments, you may be asked to bring an advance deposit at the time of your pre-admission testing or admission to the hospital. The hospital welcomes MasterCard, VISA and American Express. The Patient Accounting department will file your insurance claim with your insurance carrier.
In cases involving liability insurance, the hospital must look to the patient for payment regardless of the circumstances. The insurance company's settlement will be made directly with you and not with the hospital. Only when the patient is injured on the job, and our financial counselors can verify insurance carrier coverage of hospital charges, will the carrier be billed directly.
Medicare, the federal government and other government and commercial insurers, require your medical team and hospital to determine the correct billing status for your hospital stay based on your illness, the expected monitoring and treatment that will be provided, and your expected length of stay. Your hospitalization will be classified as either an “outpatient observation” or “inpatient admission,” which is determined by federal rules, regulations and clinical protocols.
An “outpatient observation” stay for Medicare patients is billed under Medicare Part B, which covers outpatient services. Based on the terms of your insurance policies, you may be responsible for co-pays and deductibles along with any additional costs. Ask Medicare or your insurance company about your financial obligations.
To be admitted as an inpatient, a patient’s condition must meet certain criteria:
- The condition/illness must meet a certain level of seriousness.
- The treatment rendered must meet a certain level of intensity.
- There must be an assumption that you will need to be in the hospital for two midnights or more.
For more detailed information, please download our Observation Status brochure.
You should be aware that your hospital bill does not include physician fees. You will receive separate billing statements from each physician who provides a service to you during your hospital stay. Physicians that may participate in your care include your attending physician, consulting specialists, an anesthesiologist, emergency room physician, pathologist, radiologist or neonatologist.
The following is a listing of some of the most common insurances and their corresponding plans that are accepted at Howard County General Hospital. If your insurance plan is not listed, this does not necessarily mean it is not accepted. For further information, call our Admitting Department at 410-740-7670.
Affordable Health Choices PPO
Choice POS II
Elect Choice Open Access
Health Network Only
Health Network Options
HMO Open Access
Managed Choice Open Access
National Advantage Plan
Select Open Access
AmeriChoice(United Medicaid MCO)
Amerigroup Maryland MCO
Beech Street PPO
Care First Blue Choice
Blue Choice HMO
Blue Choice HMO Open Access
Blue Choice Opt-out Open Access
Blue Choice Opt-out Plus
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Maryland Point of Service
Blue Preferred PPO
HMO Open Access
Network Open Access
Open Access Plus
Open Access Plus In-Network
POS Open Access
Coventry Healthcare of Delaware
Open Access Plus
First Health Network
Great West Healthcare
Humana Choice Care Network PPO
InforMed/CHP Health Plan
Jai Medical Systems MCO
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic
Kaiser Flexible Choice
MAMSI(A United Healthcare Company)
One Net PPO (Formerly Alliance PPO)
MDIPA Preferred (POS)
Optimum Choice (HMO)
Optimum Choice Direct (Open Access)
Optimum Choice Preferred (POS)
Maryland Physicians Care MCO
National Capital PPO
Priority Partners MCO
Private Healthcare Systems (PHCS) PPO
Tricare Uniformed Services Family Health Plan (USFHP)