View Valley’s policy regarding the public viewing of hospital charges.
View information on understanding price information and hospital standard charges.
Hospital Charge Master
The federal government requires hospitals to set uniform charges as the starting point for patient bills. This uniform set of charges is set forth in a hospital “charge master.” A charge master is a long and complex document that contains a list of the standard hospital charges for services. Please note that these standard hospital charges are for care without complications and do not take into account applicable insurance or discounts.
It is important to understand that standard hospital charges listed on a hospital charge master may differ from actual hospital charges. Actual hospital charges depend on a number of important factors. For example, actual hospital charges may differ from patient to patient for the same service depending on any complications or different treatment ordered due to a patient’s health. In addition, professional fees, such as for a physician, radiologist, anesthesiologist, and pathologist, are not included within the hospital charge master. As a result, the information in a hospital charge master is not a quote or a guarantee of what the actual hospital charges will be for a specific patient’s care.
For an estimate of out-of-pocket financial responsibility for services provided by The Valley Hospital, please contact a representative of the Patient Financial Services Department at 201-291-6080.
These charges are subject to change due to pricing fluctuations. The Hospital will update the information at least annually, or more often as appropriate, to reflect current charges.
Diagnostic Related Grouping (DRG)
A DRG, or diagnostic related grouping, is how Medicare and some health insurance companies categorize hospitalization admissions. Charges by DRG, posted on the internet site, are for gross charges, prior to any applicable insurance being applied, for the service. This does not reflect the amount billed or paid. As with estimates for financial assistance, information provided is not a quote or guarantee of what the charges will be for a specific patient’s care, nor does it include the cost of professional services provided by physicians, anesthesiologists, radiologists, advance practice nurses, physician assistants or other independent practitioners.