In most cases this is the Maryland Summary Statement. Maryland law requires hospitals to provide an informational billing statement for all patients who are admitted to a hospital. The summary statement also informs patients that hospital charges do not include professional and physician charges and may receive additional bills for those services.
The bills you receive from the hospital are for hospital charges only. You may receive bills from physicians who assisted in your care whom you may not have seen in person. These bills are for professional services rendered by these doctors in diagnosing and interpreting test results while you were a patient. These physicians are required to submit separate bills. If you have any questions about these bills, please call the number listed on the statement you received from them.
For an account to be billed as inpatient there must be a physician's order. The physician determined that your condition did not meet the requirements for an inpatient admission. If the physician placed you in observation status you are considered an outpatient.
Depending on your insurance coverage you may be responsible for a portion of the charges, i.e. co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles. In other cases, the insurance company may have denied the medical claims due to the following reasons and you may need to call the insurance company or our office for assistance.
Sample of insurance denial reasons:
The patient cannot be identified.
The primary physician did not issue a referral.
The service was not authorized by the insurance company.