Take Charge of Your Health Care
Health care reform has generated a great deal of interest in learning more about health care and the available options. We applaud consumers for taking an active role in their health care. At Community Hospital, we take pride in the care we provide. We believe that having charge and quality data at your fingertips enables you to make decisions with better information.
Community Hospital is committed to providing you a great value for your health care dollars. As you review charges and compare costs, you will find that our charges are generally 20 percent less than other Grand Valley hospital providers and we consistently save the Medicare program 12.8%. We offer you great value and we continue to lead in patient satisfaction.
Community Hospital is committed to fair and equitable health care pricing. Please note that as of January 1, 2019
, the Department of Health & Human Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are requiring hospitals to post "current standard charges". Please click here to access Community Hospital's Chargemaster. Chargemaster
A hospital’s Chargemaster is a current, all-inclusive list of standard charges representing thousands of items, goods and services provided to patients. Community Hospital sets charges based on cost, expected reimbursement, and a market analysis of Colorado average charges.
The list of standard charges may not be helpful for you to determine the cost of your care for a particular service or to compare cost between different health care facilities. The cost of care provided to each patient is unique. Charges may vary greatly from one patient to another due to differences in individual care needs, complicating factors, diagnosis, procedures, testing, supplies, medications, and services required to provide appropriate care.
It is important to understand that these charges do not represent what you will be billed or what you will pay if you have Medicaid, Medicare or other insurance including commercial insurance. For patients without insurance, Community Hospital offers both self-pay and prompt pay discounts. Additionally, charges do not guarantee payment or coverage of services by an insurance company or a specific insurance plan.
The Chargemaster does not represent what a hospital will be paid. Community Hospital is paid well below standard charges for the services provided. For Medicare and Medicaid specifically, Community Hospital is paid 13-14% less than our competitors for the same services. Therefore, while charges vary from one hospital to another, payment to hospitals for the same services also vary greatly.
We would like to assist you in determining cost, making sense of standard hospital charging, and estimating your financial responsibility. For questions or assistance, please contact our billing department at (970) 257-6200. Business Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00pm. Additional Pricing Information
The Chargemaster is current as of January 1, 2019
and is subject to change without notification. Cost to Community Hospital for items such as supplies or medications are constantly changing. Therefore updates to the current standard charges happen on a regular basis. For the most up-to-date pricing, please contact the Community Hospital Business Office at (970) 257-6200.
These charges do not include professional services provided to you by physicians or providers outside of our hospital, including but not limited to: Radiologist, Pathologist, Clinic-based providers, Surgeons or Anesthesiologist. You will be billed separately for these services.
For services provided to patients with government funded health care plans, such as Medicare and Medicaid, hospitals are paid below what it actually costs to provide care to patients.
Community Hospital prides itself on being the leader in value and health care pricing transparency. We know you simply want the best value for your money; the highest quality of care at the best possible price. This section of our website has helpful links to help you take charge of your health care and compare quality and prices, so you can make the right choice for you and your family.Billing and Financial Assistance Information
Health care billing can be confusing. We are committed to helping you understand the billing process, our financial assistance programs and your insurance benefits. This section of our website has some general billing and financial assistance information that we hope you will find helpful. We are always happy to answer your specific questions. Billing Explanation brochure.Summary of our financial assistance programsTop 10 Reasons to CompareHow to Use Charge & Quality Data
Having charge and quality information at your fingertips enables you to make decisions with better information based on true value, and what the best value is for you.
In the past few years, several reputable organizations have developed interactive public websites that report health care quality information.
But all sources are not equal, and consumers must be certain the data is based on national standards and benchmarks for quality and safety. It's also important to understand how to interpret and use the information.How to Use Quality DataFamiliarize yourself with the measures and how they can help improve the care that's delivered to patients.
Review the methodology section of the websites. Are the results based on nationally recognized benchmarks?
Be sure to look at the results over a period of time to get an accurate portrayal of organizational quality. One bad outcome in a quarter with relatively few procedures will greatly skew the results. Looking at three or four quarters of data provides a more accurate picture.Additional factors to consider
Charge and quality data is just a starting point - just two factors that should go into health care decision-making. Not any one measure is indicative of an organization's overall performance.
Discuss your choices with your physician and/or call the hospital to ask questions. Look at a hospital's nurse to patient ratio and patient satisfaction scores. Links to publicly accessible websites that are dedicated to reporting health care quality and patient satisfaction information. All of these sites are credible sources of information based on national benchmarks and evidence-based standards:The Joint CommissionColorado Hospital Report CardU.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s websiteHospital Quality and Charge DataHealthGradesHow to Use Charge Data
Comparing charges between local providers for similar procedures can help you decide where to go for care based on your insurance reimbursement and personal preference. Combined with quality data, charge information can provide you with an overall picture of the best value for your health care dollars.
|Procedure Charges Lookup|
Community Hospital is committed to giving you easy access to our most common testing and procedures charges. We believe this information is essential to making important health care decisions. Once you read and agree to the disclaimer below, feel free to browse our charge data, which is updated quarterly.
I understand that the following charge information is based on historical data and is an estimate of charges for the test/procedure/surgery without complications. This estimate does not include physician fees or charges for any additional tests ordered for your care. Your final bill will include charges for the actual services provided to you. For questions about your financial obligation, we encourage you to contact your insurance company to verify details of your coverage.
Please click here to view charge data.