As of Jan. 1, Connecticut hospitals have to warn patients who receive outpatient services about facility fees.
The law requires hospitals and health systems that acquire a physician practice to notify all patients within 30 days after the acquisition that their outpatient services will now include facility fees.
The law also requires the patient’s bill to clearly state that the fee is used for the hospital’s operational expenses, that the patient would likely be charged less at an outpatient care center not owned by a hospital and that the patient has a right to request a reduction in the facility fee.
The state has been actively trying to improve pricing transparency. In 2014, lawmakers passed a measure requiring hospitals that provide outpatient services to “prominently” display a sign indicating that they charge facility fees.
That same year, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen urged legislators to address the confusion patients face by bills received following services from some outpatient providers.