(a)  The facility shall either present an itemized list of charges to all discharged patients or the facility shall include on patients' bills that are not itemized, notification of the right to request an itemized bill within three years of receipt of the non-itemized bill or so long as the hospital, a collections agency, or other assignee asserts the patient has an obligation to pay the bill.

(b)  If requested, the facility shall present an itemized list of charges to each patient or the patient's representative. This list shall detail in language comprehensible to an ordinary layperson the specific nature of the charges or expenses incurred by the patient.

(c)  The itemized listing shall include each specific chargeable item or service in the following service areas:

(1)           room rate

(2)           laboratory;

(3)           radiology and nuclear medicine;

(4)           surgery;

(5)           anesthesiology;

(6)           pharmacy;

(7)           emergency services;

(8)           outpatient services;

(9)           specialized care;

(10)         extended care;

(11)         prosthetic and orthopedic appliances; and

(12)         professional services provided by the facility.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 131E-79; 131E-91; S.L. 2013-382, s. 13.1;

Eff. January 1, 1996;

Temporary Amendment Eff. May 1, 2014;

Amended Eff. November 1, 2014.