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Billing Questions & Answers

How do I know if United Regional contracts with my health plan?

To receive full insurance benefits, some insurance providers require patients to receive services with “in-network” or “participating provider” hospitals and physicians. Call your insurance provider to check its requirements and to make sure United Regional is in the network.

If United Regional is “out of network,” may I still go there?

In an emergency, always go to the closest hospital. Your insurance provider generally will cover emergency department costs or transfer you to an “in-network” hospital if it is safe to do so. If you choose to go to an “out-of-network” hospital in a non-emergency, you may be required to pay a larger deductible or a greater portion of your bill. Be sure you understand your health plan’s “out-of-network” options.

How can I be sure my insurance provider will pay my bills?

Some health plans require certain services to be authorized, or pre-certified, before the patient receives them. Other health plans require the patient to notify them within a certain period of time after services are rendered. Know your health plan’s requirements by reading the information given to you by your insurance provider or employer, or by calling your insurance provider directly. You also may call a United Regional billing representative to discuss insurance payment concerns.

Does United Regional send the necessary information and paperwork to insurance providers?

We try to send all the necessary information to insurance providers; however, they sometimes need more information from you to process a claim.

How will I know how much I owe?

Your insurance provider will send you an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) notice that details the amount it has paid, any non-covered or denied amounts, and the remaining balance that you are responsible for paying to United Regional. Review your EOB carefully, compare it to your United Regional billing statement, and call your insurance provider or a United Regional billing representative right away if you have questions or concerns.

Also, many health plans require patients to pay a co-payment or deductible amount that may be due at the time of registration or discharge from the hospital.

How often will I receive a statement?

Statements are issued monthly. You will receive a statement every month until all payments are made, either by the insurance company or the patient.

What if there is a mistake on my statement?

If you have billing questions, call the United Regional’s Patient Financial Services Department at (940) 764-8242 between 8 am – 4:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri. You may also email questions to wsbilling@unitedregional.org.

Why does the statement show a total account balance when I have insurance coverage?

Most likely, United Regional hasn’t yet been paid by your insurance company. In most cases, your insurance company will make payment as long as the services are covered under your benefit plan. However, if your insurance plan does not cover the services you received, you are financially responsible for them.

What does “adjustment” mean?

“Adjustment” refers to the portion of your bill that the hospital expects to reduce the bill due to the insurance provider contract. This amount is applied at the time of billing but could change when insurance benefits have been finalized due to deductibles or other items deducted by your payer.

Does United Regional bill secondary insurances?

Yes, United Regional is dedicated to helping you receive full benefits from your insurance provider. You will be asked to provide complete insurance information upon registration. Be sure you have a copy of your insurance cards at that time. As a service to you, we will submit secondary claims along with required Explanation of Benefits from your primary payer to your insurance provider. However, if your insurance provider doesn’t make payment within 60 days or respond to our requests for final determination, we will ask you to pay the amount owed.

What if I don’t have health insurance?

Be assured that emergency service will never be delayed or withheld on the basis of a patient’s ability to pay. If you do not have health insurance, call the Patient Financial Services Department at (940) 764-6124. The billing representative will review payment and financial assistance options that may be available to you.

What if I cannot pay the amount I owe in full?

Call the United Regional’s Patient Financial Services Department at (940) 764-8242 and inquire about applying for financial assistance or being set up on a payment plan. We will be happy to work with you to set up a mutually agreeable payment plan and to answer your questions. Partial payments made toward your balance will stop collection activity only if you have made payment arrangements with us. Please call us to make arrangements.

May I pay my bill with a credit card?

Yes. For your convenience, United Regional accepts cash, personal checks, debit cards or money orders, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We will charge your credit card only for the amount you authorize. Payment plans also may be arranged through the United Regional’s Patient Financial Services Department. 

Why did I receive a bill for a doctor I did not see?

While you are a patient at United Regional, you may be treated by health care providers who are independent practitioners, such as emergency department physicians, radiologist reading exams, anesthesia providers, hospitalists and others. Although these are independent practitioners participate in your care at the hospital, they will bill you separately through their own billing office and not by the hospital.

CMS-1694-F

Note: The following file is posted to comply with CMS-1694-F, and does not reflect the actual amount of your financial responsibility. To determine your estimated out of pocket, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Patient Access department, 940-764-6140, to review your procedure and benefits for an estimate. If you are covered by health insurance, you are strongly encouraged to consult with your health insurer to determine accurate information about your network benefits for a particular health care service provided at this facility.
For more information about this notice, contact 940-764-8598.

Some phone numbers you may need:

  • 24 On Physicians (888) 646-7763 (InCompass)
  • Air Evac (866) 686-0662
  • AMR (American Medical Response) (800) 711-2703
  • Care Flight (972) 339-4200
  • La Magna (940) 764-3979
  • OB Hospitalist Group (888) 442-8454
  • Observation Services of Wichita Falls (855) 580-2961
  • Pathology Associates (940) 322-7284
  • Radiology Associates (844) 838-4049
  • Star Anesthesia (210) 375-7790
  • Titanium Emergency Room Physician Group (855) 580-2961
  • Transtar (940) 696-6400
  • United Regional Physician Group (940) 764-8263
  • United Regional Reference Lab (940) 764-5150