Denver Health's dedication to price transparency
Denver Health is committed to providing meaningful pricing information to our patients so they are able to make informed health care decisions.
Denver Health encourages patients who currently have private health insurance, Medicare and/or Medicaid to contact their health insurance carriers to understand their financial responsibilities for health care services provided at Denver Health. Denver Health encourages patients not covered by private health insurance, Medicare and/or Medicaid and plan to pay for health care services directly to contact Denver Health’s financial counseling department at 303-602-3466.
What is price transparency?
Doctors, hospitals, health plans and consumer groups agree prices should be easier for patients to access in order to better understand costs associated with health care services. Price transparency is a means of providing general estimated cost information on common services. Denver Health is committed to presenting this information in a way that is easy for patients to access, but encourages all self-pay patients to contact the financial counseling department at 303-602-3466 to fully understand all costs associated with receiving health care services at Denver Health.
What does “self-pay” mean?
Self-pay is a term used to describe a situation in which a patient chooses to pay for hospital or clinic services directly rather than using a private health insurance plan, Medicare, Medicaid or Workers Compensation. Other common terms used when referring to self-pay are “uninsured patients” and “private pay.” Self-pay does not include charity care programs.
Who can choose the “self-pay” option at Denver Health?
Denver Health’s primary service area for self-pay, or uninsured patients, is the City and County of Denver. Residents of the City and County of Denver, are eligible to receive services as a self-pay patient. For certain medical services, the limitation to City and County of Denver does not apply. For more information on these services, contact 303-602-3466. For Emergency services there are no geographical limitations, and in case of an emergency 911 should be called.
What services are included in my hospital bill estimate?
In the estimates provided below, the information shows costs patients will pay to receive care at Denver Health. Professional physician fees are included in the price estimates. Additional items NOT included in the price estimate are:
- Medications prescribed for your use after the hospital stay/services
- Medical devices
- Home medical devices
- Other physician services such as rehabilitation or home health care
What if the service I need is not listed on this website?
Please call our financial counseling department at 303-602-3466 for more information.
Can I get an exact pricing quote?
Unfortunately, Denver Health cannot provide exact price quotes, but will do its best to provide price ranges based on the hospital's historical pricing for comparable services. All estimates are based on information provided by a prospective payment and do not include, among other things, any unforeseen complications, additional tests or procedures, and non-hospital related charges, any of which may increase the overall cost of the services provided. A final bill for services rendered at Denver Health may differ from the information provided by this website, and Denver Health shall not be liable for any differences.
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Billing Terms, Conditions and Resources
Similar to physician’s office visits, Denver Health expects payment prior to or at the time services are rendered. Those unable to meet their financial obligations prior to their scheduled procedures can contact the financial counseling department at 303-602-3470 to determine available payment options.
Financial challenges or lack of health insurance should not prevent patients from receiving needed medical care. Denver Health offers many resources to help patients get the care they need. Anyone hoping to learn more about qualification for Colorado Medicaid, discounted health insurance plans, financial assistance or other discount programs can contact Denver Health’s enrollment services department at 303-602-2300.
The hospital and physician billing department at 303-602-2200 can help patients with questions about medical bills once they receive their billing statements. There may be payment plan options available for those unable to meet financial responsibilities.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) states that healthcare facilities are required to make available the hospital charge master. For more information, access the Denver Health charge master.
- Hospital/Facility Fees- any separate charge or billing by a provider-based clinic in addition to a professional fee for physicians' services that is intended to cover building, electronic medical records systems, billing, and other administrative and operational expenses.
Professional/Provider Fees - Professional fees are for the work performed by the provider.
Denver Health Medical Center makes no guarantees regarding the accuracy of the pricing information provided herein. The pricing information provided by this website is strictly an estimate of prices, and Denver Health Medical Center cannot guarantee the accuracy of any estimates. All estimates are based on the information provided by a prospective patient and do not include among other things, any unforeseen complications, additional test procedures, and non-hospital related charges, any of which may increase the ultimate cost of the services provided. Price estimations may also vary based on the location that the medical provider determines necessary to perform said procedure. Any prospective patient should understand that a final bill for services rendered at Denver Health Medical Center may differ substantially from the information provided by this website, and Denver Health Medical Center shall not be liable for any inaccuracies.
There are many unpredictable variables involved in your medical care and treatment and this estimate is, therefore, an ESTIMATE ONLY and is not a representation or guaranty of what you will actually have to pay. The final amount that you will pay also depends on your insurance benefits, if any, including your deductible, co-pay, co-insurance, and out-of-pocket maximum. This estimate does not take into account secondary insurance benefits that you may have which may change the amount due. This is a best estimate based on the information we currently have. The final charges will depend on the actual services you receive, number of days admitted to the hospital, including the length of time in surgery and recovery; the supplies, equipment, and medicines required; any special care or tests needed; and any unexpected conditions or complications. For questions, you may contact a financial counselor at 303-602-3466.