COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS REGARDING HOSPITAL BILLING
What's the best way for me to pay my hospital bills?
When making medical payment decisions, make sure you know:
Who is responsible for paying my bill?
The hospital will bill your insurance company directly (unless you specify otherwise), you are ultimately responsible for making certain that your bill is paid.
If a balance remains after your insurance has issued a payment or a denial, payment is due immediately upon receipt of your statement.
What other bill(s) will I receive?
In addition to your bill from the hospital, you may receive bills from other physicians who may have provided services to you. For instance, you may receive bills from consulting physicians, pathologist, anesthesiologists, radiologists, or other specialists. Please contact their office directly if you have questions concerning their bills.
What should I do if I owe on my hospital account?
Please pay the Amount Due, or contact us if you cannot pay in full right away. If you have received a statement for an unpaid account, you should pay the entire amount—or contact us right away at our Customer Service Department to discuss available payment alternatives. There are several different ways that you can pay.
If you do not pay the amount due on your hospital bill and if you make no effort to contact us, we will get in touch with you to recommend payment alternatives or ask you to take action to pay your bill. If you still make no effort to pay your bill or make arrangements for a payment plan, we may then take more serious action, such as sending your account to an outside collection agency, which may adversely affect your credit rating, or seeking legal action.
If you cannot pay all that you owe now, there’s still something you can do…
If you cannot pay all of your hospital bill now, we recommend you pay as much as you can. By paying now, you reduce the amount of late payment penalties you will owe. Then, immediately call, write, or visit Customer Service at the Patient Business Office to explain your situation.
After you explain your problem, we may ask you for financial information to help us compare your monthly income with your expenses and to determine the amount you can pay. We can then help you work out a payment option that is affordable for you. Based on your situation, we will work with you to consider several different ways to pay what you owe:
How does the hospital process my insurance?
The Medical Center is pleased to assist in filing your insurance claim. While your insurance is pending, we will not bill you on any amount expected to be due from your insurance. If payment is not received from your insurance company within 60 days, we will consider the claim to be rejected by your insurance carrier and we will then bill you for your account balance. Since we may not have knowledge of your insurance plan’s benefits or coverage, you, as the patient account guarantor, are ultimately responsible for any unpaid balances. Questions regarding non-payment of your claim or non-payment of any charges on your claim should be directed to your insurance carrier or Insurance Claims Administrator.
What should I do if The Medical Center doesn’t have all my insurance information?
In the event we do not have all of your insurance information, please notify us as soon as possible. For your convenience, there is a section on your account statement labeled “Other Insurance Information”. Please complete this section and return it to us as soon as possible. If you prefer, you may also contact us via phone at our Customer Service number or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be aware that some insurance plans have a time limit on submission of claims and pre-certification requirements.
How are late payment penalties applied?
Amounts due from our patients not paid within 25 days of the statement date will accrue a monthly “Late Payment Charge” equal to one and one-quarter percent (1 ¼%) of the amount due. The minimum late payment is $1.00. To prevent late payment penalties, please pay the full amount due upon receipt of your statement. If you have already paid in full but your payment is not received and posted before your next statement is mailed, please let us know and we will gladly reverse the late charge in appreciation of your payment. If you are unable to pay the full amount due, please contact our Customer Service Office to find out what payment options are available to you.
Where can I go to talk to someone in person or pay my bill?
The Medical Center’s Patient Business Office and Customer Service Office is located at 2490 Riverside Drive in Macon, Georgia (rear building adjacent to Verizon). Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Ample parking is available for our customers.
While visiting the hospital, your patient account payments and billing inquiries may be made in the Admitting and Patient Registration Office on the 1st floor near the main entrance. For your convenience, payments may also be made at most Medical Center registration locations such as Med Centers, Family Health Center, Children’s Health Center, Lab Services just to name a few.
What if I believe my bill is wrong?
If you believe your bill is wrong, let us know as soon as possible. Call the number on your bill, write to the address on your the bill, e-mail via our Web-site, or visit the Customer Service Department at the Patient Business Office, if you prefer:
|Phone us at:||(478) 633-1130|
|Write to us at:||The Medical Center of Central Georgia
P.O. Box 6000
Customer Service Department
Hospital Box #144
Macon, Georgia 31208
|Visit us at:||2490 Riverside Drive in Macon|
If you write to us, please include your name and Account Number from the front of your statement, the dollar amount of the suspected error, and tell us why you believe there to be an error on your bill. With your letter, include copies of all the documents you gathered to explain your case. Please do not send original documents. We must hear from you no later than 60 days after the problem or error appeared on your account to preserve your rights. You can telephone us, but doing so will not preserve your rights.
You do not have to pay any amount in question while we are investigating, but you are still obligated to pay the parts of your bill that are not in question. While we investigate your questions, we cannot report you as delinquent or take any action to collect the amount in question. Late fees will be charged on any past due amount not in dispute. If we find you are correct, we will adjust your account and, if necessary, send you a corrected bill.
If your address changes, please let us know as soon as possible.
In the event you move or change your mailing address, please notify us of your new address as soon as possible. Statements returned to us marked “undeliverable” by the Post Office may cause your account to be placed out for collection.