Disclaimer and explanation for standard hospital charge
This hospital's standard charges for patient services are provided in a Charge Description Master (CDM), which is a comprehensive list of charges for each inpatient and outpatient service or item provided by the hospital. Please refer to the Liberty Hospital Price Estimator, linked below, for pricing estimates.
The CDM is similar in concept to the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) on a vehicle. It is the starting price of each service performed and goods consumed associated with the individual patient's treatment. The CDM rates are updated from time to time. The charges are available below, and subject to change.
Charges referenced in this CDM are valid on January 1, 2022.
If you are comparing Liberty Hospital's CDM to other hospitals, it is important to note that descriptions and charges contained in this file may vary from hospital to hospital. Among the reasons for this variance are that different hospitals may include different goods, supplies or procedures under a similarly named description. Also, most treatments or services provided by ancillary department staff, such as respiratory therapy, laboratory, rehabilitation, pharmacy, etc., are separate distinct services that are billed separately.
Hospital charges are the amounts set before any discounts. The charge is for care without complications. Actual charges may be different for specific patients due to the medical condition, length of time spent in surgery or recovery, necessary specific equipment, supplies or medication, complications requiring unanticipated procedures, or other treatment ordered by the physician. Therefore, actual charges for a specific patient will differ from the listed standard charges.
Charges for any physician services are not included in the CDM. Physicians who provide service during a hospital stay bill separately from the hospital for their services.
Standard charges shown in the file do not necessarily reflect what a patient may pay.
- Government insurance plans such as Medicare and Medicaid do not pay the Chargemaster rates, but rather have their own set rates that hospitals are obligated to accept.
- Commercial insurance payments are based on contract negotiations with managed care payers and may or may not reflect the standard charges
- Patients with Medicare, Medicaid or Commercial insurance typically have deductibles or co-insurance during the plan year that is the patient's responsibility to pay.
- Patients without commercial insurance or not covered by a government healthcare plan should contact the hospital prior to a procedure to discuss charges, alternative pricing, and payment terms. For more information about the cost of your care, please contact our Patient Financial Counselor staff at 816.407.4861.
Liberty Hospital has a Financial Assistance program for those who qualify. More information on that program is available on the financial information page or by contacting the Patient Financial Counselor at 816.407.4861.
For more information on understanding hospital prices and quality, visit Focus On Hospitals provided by the Missouri Hospital Association. It contains hospital-specific information updated on a quarterly basis and includes easy-to-understand videos focused on consumers.