NOMC CEO challenges hospital's #4 rank on list of overcharging U.S. hospitals

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 06:24 PM.

Hospitals' claim that actual patient charges don’t matter because few patients pay the list price is "a defense that defies logic,” union President Jean Ross stated in the NNU release, claiming high hospital charges result in higher insurance payments.

"Uninsured individuals with far less bargaining power are too often hit with the full list price," Ross said.

That's not the case at NOMC, Fuller said. Charges are established with insurers such as Medicare, Medicaid and individual insurance companies, he said.

"Every insurance plan we participate with pays a negotiated rate," Fuller said. "Even for our self-pay patients, we offer huge discounts," as much as 50 percent off the bill, Fuller said.

"Presuming the (NNU's) analysis is correct, it’s important to know charges are not the same as what consumers actually pay," Neighbors stated.

"You have to look at who's originating the study, what's their underlying  motivation, and what's their method," Fuller said.

The union's release of its study of publicly available Medicare cost reports was timed with its protest of NOMC parent company Community Health Services Inc.'s planned acquisition of Health Management Association.

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