|Limitations on Charges, Billing, and Collections|
|Maryland law limits hospital charges and billing and collection practices.
Maryland statutes and regulations establish detailed requirements and prohibitions concerning hospital charges, billing, and debt collection practices, including agency review of each hospital’s debt collection policy. A description of these policies must be submitted periodically for review by the HSCRC. The policy must provide a detailed description of its debt collection procedures; indicate the circumstances in which the hospital will seek a judgment against a patient; and include prohibitions on the charging interest on self-pay patients’ bills before obtaining a court judgment, forcing the sale or foreclosure of a patient’s primary residence, and selling patient debt. Md. Code Health-Gen., § § 19-214.1; 19-214.2; COMAR 10.37.10.26 A, A-1.