CMS Price Transparency
CMS Price Transparency
The file posted here reflects charges for items and services provided by Sheppard Pratt as of January 1, 2021. This type of file is commonly referred to as the hospital’s “chargemaster.” In Maryland, the average rate for hospital services is regulated by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC), a state regulatory agency. The HSCRC sets average hospital rates on January 1 and July 1 every year. Sheppard Pratt, and all other Maryland hospitals, plan to post this information semi-annually, on January 1 and July 1 to coincide with hospital rate setting. Hospital charges do not include charges for physician services, commonly referred to as professional fees, which are separate from the hospital bill.
Though the state sets hospital rates as of a certain date, hospital charges are allowed to fluctuate during the course of the year, and, detailed charges for certain items may be different than the average approved rate that covers a large group of services. That means charges on individual hospital bills may be different than the charges posted here. This is both allowable and normal as hospitals adjust charges frequently to comply with other regulations. Rates are set on average, and the underlying service charges may vary because they are components of the average. Sheppard Pratt, and other Maryland Hospitals, believe that it is impractical to update charges that are posted more than twice per year because charges change frequently.
For more information, please contact our Patient Fiscal Services Department at 410-938-5046.
Click here to download the hospital chargemaster. This file was last updated on January 1, 2021.
Price Transparency Disclaimer
Sheppard Pratt is committed to empowering patients, in partnership with their care team, to make informed decisions about their healthcare. This includes helping patients understand the cost of their care, as well as financial assistance that may be available. Because every patient and care plan is unique, we encourage you to call us at 410-938-5046 for an accurate and personalized price estimate for your care.
In compliance with federal law, Sheppard Pratt provides a list of standard charges. The list charge of a hospital service is not equivalent to the actual amount paid by governmental or commercial insurance companies; accordingly, each patient’s financial responsibility may vary. The amount a patient pays is based on many factors, including health insurance, benefit plans and other applicable discounts, and the services provided based on each patient’s unique needs. The list of standard charges is not a contract or guarantee of the actual costs for the services that may be provided to you.
In addition, you may incur other charges from physicians and other providers separate from the hospital charges for the services identified in the list of standard charges. The other charges could include, for example, pathology, radiology, anesthesia, emergency care, and other physician or surgeon charges. These services may be billed directly by your physician or another third-party provider. Some services, including certain drugs, radiology and CLIA-certified labs, for example, are only available for inpatients and are not provided by Sheppard Pratt in the outpatient setting.
Sheppard Pratt reviews and updates this list of standard charges annually. As a result, the listed charges may not reflect the current charges for every item and service and the listed charges are subject to change at any time without notice.