A hospital chargemaster is a comprehensive list of all the billable services and items provided by a hospital. The chargemaster captures the costs of each procedure, service, supply, prescription drug, and diagnostic test provided at the hospital, as well as any fees associated with services, such as equipment fees and room charges. Because hospitals operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, a chargemaster can contain thousands of services and related charges.
Chargemaster amounts are almost never billed to a patient or received as payment by a hospital. The chargemaster amounts are billed to an insurance company, Medicare, or MassHealth. These payers then apply their reimbursement terms or contracted rates to the services that are billed. If a patient co-payment, co-insurance, or deductible is owed, these too are most often not based on chargemaster amounts but rather the payment terms determined by the insurer or government program.
Costs vary among healthcare providers based on several factors including whether they are an academic medical center, a teaching hospital, a community service provider and other factors.
Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Children's Hospital provides specific cost estimates for patients.
Contact the Financial Coordination office at 617-636-6013 or send a request via email to GM-TuftsMCPatientEstimateRequest@tuftsmedicalcenter.org with your question.
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Updated: January 2021