BATON ROUGE, La. – Baton Rouge General (BRG) is helping take the
guesswork out of potential surgeries and services for patients with its
Price Estimator tool. The user-friendly, easy-to-understand tool allows users to get an accurate
estimate for a service before scheduling, based on their specific benefits
through their insurance plans.
“Billing in healthcare is confusing and frustrating, and it’s
extremely difficult to compare prices between hospitals and other healthcare
providers,” said Edgardo Tenreiro, BRG’s President and CEO.
“Our Price Estimator tool is one of several steps we will take over
time to lead in price transparency. We want patients to know their out-of-pocket
expenses ahead of time, but more importantly, we want patients to be able
to compare actual procedure costs when they choose BRG versus other hospitals
in the region.”
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found that:
- 60% of consumers requested estimated out-of-pocket costs before a visit
- Of that 60%, 51% struggled to get that information
- 1 in 3 hospitals don’t have basic price estimation tools
In the past, hospitals were only required to publicly list their standard
charges and/or policies upon request. But last year, CMS finalized its
price transparency rule, which will go into effect in January 2021.
The rule aims to equip consumers with more transparent pricing data and
lower healthcare costs by allowing them to compare prices and shop around.
Hospitals will be required to publicly post standard charges for services
via an online, searchable platform.
BRG’s Price Estimator tool includes more than 300 services and multiple
ways to search – by service name, like “MRI” –
or by category, like surgery, radiology/imaging, cardiology or lab services.
After inputting basic information and insurance status, the tool will
generate an estimate for your out-of-pocket costs.
In a typical year, BRG’s patient billing team handles approximately
17,000 estimates over the phone. The new online tool streamlines the process
and will encourage more people to check on potential costs ahead of time,
allowing them to make more informed choices about their health care.
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About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community
hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General
opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community
with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital
since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University
School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including
a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine
Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine
Fellowship Program. For more information, visit
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