SB 222: "An Act requiring certain hospitals to make certain disclosures on patient billings."
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.