The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires hospitals to make public a comprehensive list of charges for each inpatient and outpatient service or item provided by the hospital, also known as a chargemaster. Southeast Hospital has made available a copy of its standard charges in a machine-readable format in the link below. This requirement is intended to help patients understand what their potential financial liability might be for services they obtain at the hospital, and to enable patients to compare charges for similar services across hospitals. However, a hospital chargemaster is lengthy and complex and is not a helpful tool for patients to estimate what healthcare services are going to cost them out of their own pocket. A list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about hospital chargemasters has also been provided below.
Cape Girardeau Facilities
Stoddard County Facilities
SoutheastHEALTH is committed to improving price transparency that will provide meaningful and useful information for patients and consumers. For more information about the cost of your care, please contact a patient account representative at (Cape Girardeau) 573.651.5511 or (Stoddard County) 573.624.5566 or submit a billing question on our website and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.
Machine Readable Files
Machine Readable Files contain information required by federal regulations and apply to certain types of health plans or issuers. These files, often called “MRFs,” are updated monthly and formatted in accordance with federal standards. MRFs are intended to promote transparency and are one of several different types of places to obtain information on costs.
Under the federal regulations, an in-network and separate out-of-network (also called “allowed amount”) MRF are required to be posted on a publicly available website for certain health plans or issuers. Currently, the federal government has deferred enforcement on pharmacy machine readable file pending further rulemaking.
MRFs for the plan can be located at the following. Of note, instructions may be included within these sites on how to view/download MRFs: