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Online posting of standard charges:
Under current law, hospitals are required to establish and make public a list of their standard charges. In an effort to encourage price transparency by improving public accessibility of charge information, effective CY 2019 CMS updated its guidelines to specifically require hospitals to make public a list of their standard charges via the Internet in a machine readable format, and to update this information at least annually, or more often as appropriate.
The information on this page is intended to meet the requirements of The Centers for Medicare &
Medicaid Services final inpatient prospective payment system, or IPPS for federal fiscal year 2019. The
IPPS rule contains a transparency provision that became effective Jan. 1, 2019 that requires hospitals to
publish a list of their standard charges. Sheltering Arms Hospital determines its standard charges for
patient services with the use of a chargemaster, which is a list of charges for the components of patient
care that go into every patient’s bill. These are the baseline rates for services provided at this hospital.
The chargemaster rates are updated from time to time to reflect the hospital’s expenses to operate.
The chargemaster rates in the attached files were last updated on January, 2019.
The chargemaster rates shown in the attached file do not necessarily reflect what a patient may pay.
Government insurance plans such as Medicare and Medicaid do not pay the chargemaster rates, but
rather have their own set rates which hospitals are obligated to accept. Commercial insurance payments
are based on contract negotiations with managed care payors and may or may not reflect the standard
charges. Patients without commercial insurance or not covered by a government health care plan
should contact Sheltering Arms prior to admission to discuss charges, alternative pricing, and payment
Charges are only one component of the cost of your care. The amount you actually owe, or your cost,
depends not only on what the hospital or physician charges, but on your individual health plan coverage.
Benefits can differ greatly from plan to plan. Your cost is further affected by deductibles and
copayments required under your plan. For questions about your financial obligation, we encourage you
to contact your insurance company to verify details of your coverage.
Sheltering Arms makes no guarantees regarding the accuracy of the charges provided herein. The charge
information provided by this website is strictly an estimate of prices, and Sheltering Arms cannot
guarantee the accuracy of any estimates and will not be liable for an inaccuracies. These charges may
not be representative of the charges you will receive on your bill for services provided by Sheltering
Arms. Your final bill will include charges for the actual services provided to you and may differ
substantially from the information provided in the attached files. The detailed charge master
information on this site is intended only to meet federal requirements and for informational purposes
only and should not be used solely when making healthcare decisions.