Among the many changes implemented under the Affordable Care Act is the requirement for hospital pricing transparency. Section 2718 requires: “Each hospital operating within the United States shall for each year establish (and update) and make public (in accordance with guidelines developed by the Secretary) a list of the hospital’s standard charges for items and services provided by the hospital including for diagnosis-related groups established under section 1886(d)(4) of the Social Security Act.”
The Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services subsequently issued the 2015 IPPS (inpatient prospective payment systems) final rule requiring: "Our guidelines for implementing section 2718(e) of the Public Health Service Act are that hospitals either make public a list of their standard charges (whether that be the charge master itself or in another form of their choice), or their policies for allowing the public to view a list of those charges in response to an inquiry."
And finally, the 2019 IPPS final rule requires: “Effective January 1, 2019, hospitals must make a list of their current standard charges available via the Internet on a public facing website in machine-readable format.”
These requirements apply to all hospitals, including critical access hospitals such as Norton County Hospital.
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This list of charges is current as of 11/30/2020.
For more information about prices, please read this publication - Understanding Healthcare Prices: A Consumer Guide
General Price Transparency Disclaimer
This list of charges reflects the standard charges for inpatient and outpatient services provided at Norton County Hospital. The hospital’s charges are the same for all patients, but the patient’s financial responsibility for services provided may vary, depending upon payment plans negotiated with individual health insurers as well as reimbursement schedules set forth by public payers such as Medicare and Medicaid. Patients should contact our Business Office at 785-877-3351 for assistance. These charges do not include items or services that may be billed separately for physician services, lab, diagnostic services, etc.
The listed charges do not constitute a contract.