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. It is not a helpful tool for patients to comparison shop between hospitals or to estimate what healthcare services are going to cost them out of their own pocket.
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 most current charges should be available below.
Charges referenced in this CDM are valid on January 1, 2018. 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.
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 attached 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.
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.