|Limitations on Charges, Billing, and Collections|
|Florida law limits hospital billing practices.
Florida law requires hospitals to provide in writing a good faith estimate of reasonable anticipated charges for the patient’s treatment upon request and before providing any nonemergency medical services. Fla. Stat. §395.301(1)(b)(1). The estimate should include information regarding the hospital’s financial assistance policy (Fla. Stat. §395.301(1)(b)(2)), as well as a notification that the patient may be billed separately by other health care providers for services performed in the hospital (Fla. Stat. §395.301(1)(b)(5)). Hospitals must inform the public that estimates are available upon request. Fla. Stat. §395.301(1)(b)(5).
Upon request and after the patient’s discharge, the hospital must provide an itemized statement or bill detailing in plain language the specific nature of the expenses incurred by the patient. The initial bill should be provided within seven days after the patient’s discharge or request, whichever is later. The bill must identify each item as paid, pending payment by a third party, or pending payment by the patient, and must include the amount due if applicable. Fla. Stat. §395.301(1)(d)(1).