Media Kit
Talk to us

News Nov 30, 2013 - 12:32:26 PM

AG Jepsen Seeks Information from Connecticut Hospitals on Facility Fee Disclosures, Provider Acquisitions

By Attorney General George Jepsen's office

Font size: Small Big
Email this article
 Printer friendly page
Share this article:
facebook Yahoo! MyWeb Digg reddit Furl Blinklist Spurl
Buy the "As seen on" mug
HARTFORD, CT - Attorney General George Jepsen sent letters last week to the state’s hospitals seeking broad information about their acquisition of independent physician practices, free-standing ambulatory surgical centers and urgent care centers and seeking detailed descriptions of their disclosure of hospital affiliation and any facility fees charged to patients seeking care.

The letters ask all hospitals to provide his office with the name, address and specialty type of all affiliated providers; whether they provide their patients with fees that they charge in advance; and the specific types of disclosures they provide to patients. The Attorney General has requested responses by December 6, 2013.

“In order to understand the full scope of the issues surrounding practice acquisition and facility fees, I am urging Connecticut’s hospitals to cooperate with this request for information,” said Attorney General Jepsen. “Last month, I invited patients to be a part of this conversation by filing complaints with my office, and today I urge the state’s hospitals to contribute to this conversation as well. This information will assist me in crafting legislative proposals to ensure meaningful transparency for consumers concerning facility fees. More broadly, it will assist me in monitoring and protecting competition in the fast-evolving healthcare market.”

In September, Attorney General Jepsen announced his intent to seek legislation in the coming legislative session, beginning in February 2014, to require greater disclosure of hospital facility fees, which are included as an independent component of outpatient care fees, are intended to cover overhead costs and are in addition to the professional charges billed by the provider.
The Attorney General’s legislation will likely focus on those facility fees levied by off-campus hospital-based providers. There is concern that entities acquired by hospitals may not clearly disclose their affiliation with a hospital or the fact that they will charge a separate – and often expensive – facility fee which is intended to cover a portion of the hospital’s ongoing operating expenses.

Connecticut patients who have been billed for a so-called “facility fee” without notice from their healthcare provider when receiving medical treatment, or who were told they would be charged a facility fee but were not told the amount or experienced difficulty in learning the amount of the facility fee, are encouraged to file a complaint with the Office of the Attorney General using a form available on the office’s Web site or by calling 860-808-5355.

The Attorney General’s Healthcare Competition Working Group – Assistant Attorneys General Charles Hulin, Thomas Ryan, Rachel Davis, Gary Becker and Richard Porter – under the direction of Assistant Attorney General Michael Cole, chief of the Antitrust and Government Program Fraud department, and Special Counsel Robert Clark are assisting the Attorney General with this matter.

© Copyright by Some articles and pictures posted on our website, as indicated by their bylines, were submitted as press releases and do not necessarily reflect the position and opinion of, Stamford Plus magazine, Canaiden LLC or any of its associated entities. Articles may have been edited for brevity and grammar. Photos without a credit line are "contributed photos".

[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Note: We reserve the right to delete posts at any time if we decide that they are offensive or distasteful.
Western Connecticut Health Network Expands Structural Heart Program
Stamford High School Achieves International Baccalaureate World School Status Approved to Offer Diploma Program
SilverSource golf outing raises funds to protect vulnerable seriors from eviction and support the Ride To Wellness Program
Webster Bank hires Colin Gillespie as SVP of brand marketing
With Gratitude, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Honors Donors Enthusiasm and Dedication Abound at Annual Spring Luncheon

Top of Page
 is part of the Canaiden Online Media Network.
Stamford Plus Online | Norwalk Plus Online | | Best of Norwalk | Best of Stamford | Hauterfly Magazine |

Copyright ©2005-2010 Canaiden,LLC All Rights Reserved.