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Temple University Hospital – Main Campus

Pricing Information at Temple University Hospital – Main Campus

Please watch this important video about pricing information from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).
Please watch this important video about pricing information from the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP).

Hospital Charges — What Are We Talking About?

You may have heard that as of January 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is requiring that all hospitals post their list of standard charges commonly referred to as the Charge Description Master (CDM) on the internet in a machine-readable format and update it at least annually.

Here is important information to help you understand what you are looking at.

About the "CDM"
  • A CDM is a list of medical codes and prices for everything a hospital provides to patients.
  • Each hospital has its own CDM list that is used for billing purposes.
  • The CDM list is not the best tool for patients to figure out the cost of their healthcare services. This is driven by the copay, deductible or coinsurance the patient’s insurance plan requires they pay.
  • Most people would not know all the medical codes that would be used for their care before they receive treatment.
  • Implants, supplies and some pharmaceuticals are based on a factor of cost. Therefore, they have a $0.00 in the CDM as the price.
What Is Included in the CDM Price?
  • Hospital costs, which include 24/7 services such as the emergency room and laboratory testing, medical supplies and pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and technology upgrades, hospital facilities, patient dietary and laundry services, and patient support such as social services and financial counseling.
  • In addition, the price includes the hospital's costs related to the mission to serve the community and our overall mix of services.
How Much Will I Pay?

The best way to understand what you will pay out-of-pocket is to work with your hospital and your insurer. In general:

  • Individuals with insurance will pay any copayments, coinsurance or deductible due.
  • Individuals without insurance might be eligible for financial assistance or charity care, or may be able to receive a reduced price from the hospital under its self-pay policy.
Getting Help from Your Hospital

Hospitals offer financial counseling and help for people who have insurance and those who do not. Contact your hospital’s financial counseling office or patient advocates for help.

  • Temple University Hospital: 215-707-7608
  • Temple University Hospital – Episcopal Campus: 215-707-0949
  • Temple University Hospital – Northeastern Campus: 215-707-0949