Dependent on the type of encounter, your bill could be comprised of a single charge or many charges. Charges may include: room and board, medical procedures, supplies, medication and testing (lab and diagnostic tests).
Charges for patient care provided may fluctuate based on variables such as complexity of specific patient care needs and physician decisions made during the course of care delivery.
Most patients will not pay charges. If you have health insurance, you will be responsible for payments established by your health plan, such as specified deductibles, copays, coinsurance and any non-covered services. Please check with your insurance for those amounts.
If you do not have insurance, please see FAQ “What if I do not have insurance?” below.
Hospital Standard Charges
The hospital chargemaster is a comprehensive listing of items billable to a hospital’s patient or a patient’s health insurance provider.
View the Chargemaster
A DRG, or diagnostic related grouping, is how Medicare and other health insurance companies categorize hospitalization acuity and determine payment for a patient’s hospital stay. The charges are almost always not the price paid. The assignment of the DRG, based on patient diagnoses, procedures and other factors, determines the fixed amount the insurer will pay.
View Inpatient Average Charges by DRG
This list is reflective of the charges in the chargemaster on 1/1/2020.
Charge: The dollar amount a provider sets for services rendered before negotiating any discounts. The charge in most instances is different than the amount paid.
Price: The total amount a provider expects to be paid by payers and patients for healthcare services.
Charge information is not necessarily useful for consumers who are comparison shopping between hospitals. How hospitals describe their charges may not be aligned with other hospitals. For services or procedures that comprise multiple charges, each hospital may develop different methodologies on what charges are included. These facts make it very difficult to compare pricing between hospitals. As a reminder, as noted above — most patients do not pay charges.
NJ Hospital Price Compare
The NJ Hospital Price Compare website provides CentraState’s inpatient charges as compared to other hospitals, along with general hospital charging information. The price comparison data is only updated periodically and is for comparison purposes only; it does not provide pricing estimates.