Important Information About Paying for Your Care at CHS Hospitals
Each of the hospitals of Catholic Health Services of Long Island (CHS)—Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, St. Charles Hospital, St. Francis Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital—is a participating provider in many health plan networks. You can find a list of the plans in which we participate here or at www.chsli.org/chs-facility-insurance-plan-participation. Some health plans use smaller networks for certain products they offer so it is important to check whether we participate in the specific plan you are covered by. Our list will tell you if we do not participate in all of a health plan’s products.
It is also important for you to know that the physician services you receive in the hospital are not included in the hospital’s charges. Physicians who provide services at the hospital may be independent voluntary physicians, or they may be employed by the hospital. Physicians bill for their services separately and may or may not participate in the same health plans as the hospital. You should check with the physician arranging your hospital services to determine which plans that physician participates in. Plan participation information for physicians employed by the hospital can be found here or at www.chsli.org/chs-employed-physician-plan-participation. Each CHS hospital contracts with a number of physician groups, such as anesthesiologists, radiologists and pathologists, to provide services at the hospital. Contact information for the physician groups the hospital has contracted with is available here or at www.chsli.org/chs-physician-based-group-contact-information. You should contact these groups directly to find out which health plans they participate in.
You should also check with the physician arranging for your hospital services to determine whether the services of any other physicians will be required for your care. Your physician can provide you with the name, practice name, mailing address and telephone number of any physicians whose services may be needed. Your physician will also be able to tell you whether the services of any physicians employed or contracted by the CHS hospital are likely to be needed, such as anesthesiologists, radiologists and pathologists. Contact information for these physicians is available here or at www.chsli.org/chs-physician-based-group-contact-information. You should contact these groups directly to find out which health plans they participate in.
Hospitals are required by law to make available information about their standard charges for the items and services they provide. This information is available here or at www.chsli.org/price-estimates-patients.
If you do not have health insurance, you may be eligible for assistance in paying your hospital bills. Information about financial assistance is available here or at www.chsli.org/chs-financial-assistance-program or you may contact our Financial Assistance Office at (631) 465-6321.
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