University of Cincinnati Medical Center charges for inpatient hospitalization services on the basis of itemized charges. In certain cases, faculty physician fees may be billed directly by the hospital, for services such as emergency and pathology. Fees for other physician services will be billed separately. Questions regarding physician fees not billed by the hospital should be discussed with your physician.
Health Care Insurance
The hospital honors major third-party coverage such as Medicare, Medicaid, Workers Compensation and other public assistance. Your third-party coverage may require prior approval of your hospitalization. Failure to obtain prior approval may result in reduced benefits, requiring additional uninsured or personal charges. The admitting office can assist you in obtaining prior approval for your hospitalization.
We accept commercial insurance if the company will allow you to sign over payments directly to the hospital and if our claim is paid within 45 days. Claims that remain unpaid after 45 days become your responsibility. Please provide the admitting office with all information necessary to bill your insurer, including your subscriber name, number and effective date. Before leaving the hospital, it is necessary for you to complete financial arrangements for your hospital stay. Uninsured and personal charges are due and payable at discharge.
Under Medicare law, health care services that can be paid for by Medicare are subject to review for compliance with medical standards. Review responsibilities for this hospital are conducted by Medco Peer Review at 513-421-6112. All information gathered for Peer Review purposes shall remain confidential. Any recommendations/decisions that may affect your hospitalization will be communicated to you by Medco Peer Review.
What if I don’t have insurance?
If you do not have third-party coverage, your patient admissions counselor will advise you on ways of paying your bill. University of Cincinnati Medical Center helps needy patients apply for public assistance. Patients who are found to be ineligible for public assistance may qualify for discounts made possible by the Health and Hospitalization Services Tax Levy. Discounts are based on family size and income. For assistance, contact a financial counselor at 513-584-1772.
Your attending physician determines when you should go home. Should the business office lack any necessary information, you or a family member will need to go to the admitting office to complete final financial arrangements. You need not wait until your day of discharge to complete this procedure.
Discharges ideally occur between 8 – 11 am. If you are unable to leave the hospital before the stated discharge time, you may be asked to wait in the discharge waiting area in the admitting department.
- Do you have the following things to take home: gifts, plants, cards, valuables from our safe, items you brought with you and your special diet instructions?
- Have you made arrangements for transportation?
- Have you checked with your doctor for instructions on care after you return home?
- Have you checked with your caregiver regarding medications or prescriptions to take home?
- Have you provided all the financial information needed to assure proper payment of your bill?
- Do not forget to make your follow-up appointment with your physic