Financial & Billing Information
Our business office will bill your insurance carrier(s) directly; who will then provide you an “explanation of benefits” (EOB) statement. This is not a bill. The EOB itemizes all services you received at Summit Medical Center and explains what the insurance carrier will pay our hospital and which portion you will need to cover.
Once the EOB is processed, we will bill you for the portion not covered by insurance; this will be due upon receipt. While Summit Medical Center will bill you for hospital services, please note that you may receive separate bills from other providers, including the radiologist, surgeon or anesthesiologist.
We understand the importance of financial transparency and will help you understand all costs associated with your procedure. On or before the day of treatment, you will cover any co-pay or deductible that your insurance carrier requires. Those without insurance will need to cover their charges in advance or make arrangements with the business office for a payment plan.
Summit Medical Center accepts cash, cashier’s checks, major credit cards and personal checks with a valid ID. If you have any questions or need to discuss available payment options, feel free to contact our business office prior to treatment at 307-232-6600. Our patient account representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Summit Medical Center is committed to fulfilling its mission to provide quality and compassionate health care services to people from all walks of life. Our goal is to help you understand the charge, billing, and payment process prior to your visit so you can make an informed decision regarding your health care out of pocket costs.
Questions & Answers
Why can’t Medicare patients get services at Summit Medical Center?
Summit Medical Center would most definitely like to provide care for Medicare and other federally insured patients, but our hospital is prohibited by Federal law from doing so because it is partially physician-owned. This new restriction was introduced with the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare as it is commonly known.
Why is it that some Medicare patients have been able to receive care at Summit Medical Center?
The Center for Medicare Services will allow Medicare patients to be treated at SMC, but only if the referring providers are not investors in the hospital. This is very restrictive, given our small community and the high likelihood that Medicare and other federally insured patients have had contact with any one of the physician investors. Oddly enough, Summit Medical Center is required to be a “Medicare Certified” facility in order to bill for other insurances such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Yet in order to maintain its Medicare certification, Summit Medical Center must treat a certain number of Medicare patients – this creates the nearly impossible situation where the Center for Medicare Services requires Summit Medical Center to treat Medicare patients while at the same time telling Summit they may not!
Is it possible this restriction on treating Medicare and other federally insured patients will end?
We certainly hope so, and legislation was introduced last spring in Washington (H.R. #1156 and Senate #1133) to change this, but well, you know how that goes! We at Summit Medical Center would love to take care of your entire family, from grandparents to grandchildren, and we believe the current law is based on completely outdated information and should be abolished. Why should Medicare patients be denied the right to choose which Medicare Certified hospital they want, when all others have a choice? If you agree, please send your opinion to our representatives in Washington!