00 SENATE BILL NO. 222
01 "An Act requiring certain hospitals to make certain disclosures on patient billings."
02 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
03 * Section 1. AS 18.20 is amended by adding a new section to read:
04 Sec. 18.20.078. Patient billing disclosures. A hospital licensed under
05 AS 18.20.010 - 18.20.130 shall comply with the patient billing disclosure
06 requirements of AS 45.45.920 if AS 45.45.920 applies to the hospital.
07 * Sec. 2. AS 45.45 is amended by adding a new section to read:
08 Sec. 45.45.920. Patient billing disclosures. (a) A hospital that receives
09 government money for the purchase, construction, repair, equipping, or operation of
10 the hospital shall disclose on each patient billing
11 (1) the price that the hospital charges other patients who pay
12 negotiated rates for the same medical service item; and
13 (2) the cost subsidy for indigent individuals that is included in the
14 price billed to the patient.
15 (b) In this section,
01 (1) "cost subsidy for indigent individuals" means the cost that is
02 included in the charge for medical service items billed by the hospital to compensate
03 the hospital for the uncollected costs that the hospital incurs to provide medical service
04 items to indigent individuals;
05 (2) "government money" means money from a state or municipal
06 governmental unit or the federal government, and includes money received by the
07 hospital under AS 18.25 or AS 18.26;
08 (3) "hospital" means a person licensed as a hospital under
09 AS 18.20.010 - 18.20.130;
10 (4) "medical service item" includes a hospital room, medication, and
11 medical supplies;
12 (5) "negotiated rate" means a rate negotiated for a category of patients
13 by another person, including an insurer, but does not include a rate negotiated by a
14 patient or the patient's relatives directly with the hospital for the patient's own medical
15 service items;
16 (6) "patient billing" means a billing for a patient that is provided to a
17 patient for a medical service item.