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Billing + Insurance

Pay your bills:

Pay Your Tufts Medical Center Bill
(Hospital Bill)

(Not sure what type of bill you have? View example.)

 

Pay Your Tufts MC Physicians Organization Bill
(Physician's Bill)

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By Phone: You can pay your bills over the phone by credit card – just call the number listed on your bill.

By Mail: You can mail your payment to the address listed on your bill.

If you have a question about your bill, please call the number listed on it or email us at billing@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

Insurances Accepted

There are many different types of health insurance and each insurance company may offer multiple different plans to hundreds of employers and their employees.  For this reason, it is very important that you understand the unique components of your plan and ask your health plan or employer what care and services they will cover and what they expect you to pay for directly. The best way to reach your insurer is typically the member services number on your insurance card.

For answers to frequently asked questions about insurance coverage, please see the below tab.

Insurance Plans Accepted

Below, we’ve listed the health insurance plans and products that are accepted at Tufts Medical Center. If your health insurance company or plan is not listed, please contact your health insurance provider to better understand your benefit plan and provider network available to you.

Many insurance plans have different levels of costs for their members depending on where they receive care. The information below can be used as a reference but you should check with your plan to see what level of coverage you will receive for any care provided by Tufts Medical Center. It is also important to check with your insurance plan to see if you need additional referrals and/or authorizations before getting care at Tufts MC.

The level of coverage you receive is determined by your health insurance provider. Some health insurance companies may use other companies to cover certain services such as mental health or transplant-related services.  Some services may not be covered by your insurance plan. Again, it is very important that you ask your health insurance provider or employer what care and services they will cover and what they expect you to pay for directly. 

Insurance Payer        Plans Accepted
Aetna * All Commercial Plans
* Medicare Supplemental  (i.e. Medex) -- (patient has Medicare as primary)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts * All Massachusetts Plans
* Medicare Advantage
Blue Cross Blue Shield -- Out of State * PPO

BCBSMA has a reciprocal relationship with other states' BCBS PPO Plans.  Verify details of benefit plan for patients with out of state BCBS HMO/POS to determine if Tufts MC and PO are in network.
BMC HealthNet * MassHealth
* ConnectorCare/QHP Silver
* Senior Care Option (SCO)
Cigna * All Commercial Plans
* Medicare Supplemental  (i.e. Medex) -- (patient has Medicare as primary)
Commonwealth Care Alliance * One Care Plan (specialty care only)
Fallon Health * Flex Care 
* Select
* Direct
* Preferred Care PPO
* MassHealth/CarePlus (specialty care only)

First Health/Coventry SEE AETNA
Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan * HMO
* POS
* PPO
* Medicare Supplemental
* National Plans
Medicare *For specific Medicare plans accepted, refer under each Insurance Payer’s Plans Accepted
Minuteman Health * All MA and NH Plans
MultiPlan, Inc./PHCS * PPO
Neighborhood Health Plan - MA * All except if you have a Harvard Vanguard primary care physician
Senior Whole Health * Senior Whole Health
Tricare * Prime
Tufts Health Plan * Most Commercial Plans
* Medicare  Supplemental
* Tufts Medicare Preferred (specialty care only)
* Senior Care Option (SCO)

While we work very closely with Tufts Health Plan and most other major insurers, we are not affiliated with Tufts Health Plan in any way. While we accept the majority of their plans, we do not accept Tufts Medicare Preferred for Primary Care services. 

Tufts Public Plans * Tufts Health Together
* Tufts Health Direct
* Tufts Health Unify (specialty care only)
Unicare * GIC
United Healthcare * Choice Plus
* Evercare Senior Care Option
* Passport Plan
* PPO
* Medicare Supplemental

Understanding Your Insurance Benefits

Get Straightforward Facts about Your Insurance Benefits

Here are some questions you should ask your health plan to help you understand your financial responsibilities:

Is a referral from my Primary Care Physician (PCP) needed to see other providers/specialists?
Please note that some health plans require you to work with your primary care office to obtain an insurance referral before seeing a specialist or other physician.

If you haven’t coordinated with your PCP first, some health plans will refuse to pay and expect you to cover the entire bill.

Will I owe a copayment for my health care services?
A copayment is a fixed dollar amount defined in your insurance policy that is your responsibility to pay.

Some plans vary the amount you pay based on the type of service you receive or where you receive the care.

For example: you may be charged $20 to see a primary care physician when you are sick but you may be charged nothing for an annual physical or a well baby visit or $40 to see a specialist provider at the same medical center.

Do I have a deductible?
A deductible is the amount you owe out of pocket before your insurance company will pay certain health care expenses.

For example: A health plan may say that you have to pay $1,000 of your medical care bills out of your own pocket before they will cover any of the cost of your medical care.

Is there coinsurance associated with my plan?
Coinsurance is the percentage of the total bill for medical services that some insurance plans require the patient to pay even after the deductible is met.

For example: After you meet your $1,000 deductible, your insurance may cover 80% of your medical bills and expect you to pay for the remaining 20%.

Are Tufts Medical Center and their doctors’ part of my plan’s network?
Some health plans require a hospital to be part of their network in order to cover medical expenses.

Your plan may allow you to be seen outside of the plan’s network, but at a higher cost to you.

Please confirm with your health plan that Tufts Medical Center and its physicians are part of your plan’s network or that we can be seen as an out of network provider.

Billing Information

Billing at Tufts Medical Center + Floating Hospital for Children

Following your care at Tufts Medical Center, we will send a claim to your health plan for services received.

Once the health plan has provided payment for its portion, you will receive a bill for any remaining balance the insurer tells us is your responsibility such as deductibles, copayments, coinsurance or non-covered services.

When a patient sees one of our physicians on the Boston campus, the charges will be separated into two bills: one from your physician and one from Tufts Medical Center.

The bill from your physician (Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization) covers his/her professional services.

The bill from Tufts Medical Center for services on the Boston campus generally includes diagnostic testing and lab services as well as a facility fee covering supplies, staff and overhead for the office visit.

Academic medical center’s with physician offices on site charge this facility fee because they are required to meet additional regulatory requirements that a physician’s office outside of a hospital does not have to meet.

Many insurance companies cover the facility fee; however, your insurance may require you to pay some or all of this charge.

Quick Tips to Ensure a Smooth Billing Process

Should I speak with my insurance company to understand my benefits?
Yes, it is always a good idea to discuss the type of coverage you have and the way your insurance company covers the cost of the health care services you receive.

The best way to reach your insurer is typically the number on the back of your member card.

My personal information has changed (such as address, insurance provider, etc.).  How do I change this with the hospital?
Please contact us.  We’re here to help make important updates to your account.

617-636-0084
Monday to Friday
7:30 am to 5:00 pm

If I need financial assistance, what can I do?
Please call our Financial Coordinators.  We’re happy to discuss your options.

617-636-6013
Monday to Friday
7:30 am to midnight

What will I owe for a visit?
Depending on your health plan, you may owe a copayment, deductible or coinsurance. What you owe will depend on the types of services you receive and what is covered under your specific plan.

Your financial responsibility for being seen at one of Tufts Medical Center’s hospital-based practices may differ compared to a community practice.  In addition, some services performed in the exam room (scopes, biopsies, etc.) are considered surgical procedures by your health plan and may result in higher out of pocket costs.

We urge you to contact your health plan to understand what you will be responsible for paying for your healthcare services.

Registration Information

Registration at Tufts Medical Center + Floating Hospital for Children

When you schedule your first appointment with us, we gather your insurance information, mailing address and other key contact information so we can contact you and also work with your insurance company to coordinate payment for your medical care.

If at any time after this you need to update your information, please contact us.

617-636-0084
Monday to Friday
7:30 am to 5:00 pm

Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance at Tufts Medical Center + Floating Hospital for Children

Are you having trouble paying your hospital and physician organization bills? Please view the financial assistance resources available to our patients.

Patients who have the means are expected to pay for services received at Tufts Medical Center. However, Tufts MC provides financial counseling and financial assistance to patients unable to pay for emergency and medically necessary care.  If you do not have insurance coverage or if you do not have enough insurance coverage to cover your care, you may qualify for a Tufts MC discount or payment plan.  An application along with supporting documentation may be required. Learn more about Financial Assistance at Tufts MC and Floating Hospital >

Billing questions?
e-mail us at:
billing@tuftsmedicalcenter.org