Effective December 19, 2016, some of our practices have become a department of Bronson Methodist Hospital or Bronson Battle Creek Hospital. This means the practice is a part of the hospital and will use hospital resources for your care. This includes sharing overhead costs, administrative, financial, operation and other costs with the main hospital.
The following practices are now departments of the hospital:
What does this mean for you?
Your bill might be broken into two charges:
- A facility charge - the charge for administrative and other costs that are needed to support the department of Bronson Methodist Hospital/Bronson Battle Creek – such as office space, nursing and supplies
- A professional or physician charge for outpatient services and/or procedures – the charges for the provider’s time, consultation and medical advice given to you during your visit
Why are you charged separately?
According to Medicare billing rules, when you see a physician in a private office setting, all services and expenses are bundled into a single charge. When you see a physician in a hospital outpatient department, physician and hospital charges are billed separately.
Please note, some insurance companies do not require split billing and you may not see these charges split on your bill. It is also possible that some patients will pay more for these services and procedures than they would at one of our other sites.
Review your insurance benefits or contact your insurance provider directly to determine what your policy will cover and identify any out-of-pocket expenses.
Bronson has a medical financial assistance program that may be able to help you with the out-of-pocket expenses. For further questions on billing or the assistance program, please call (269) 341-6117.