Help is available to clients who may have difficulty paying their hospital/outpatient bills. You may want to seek assistance if you have a deductible or co-pay that may be difficult to manage or if you do not have insurance coverage.
Maryland Medical Assistance
Your local Department of Social Services can determine if you may qualify for Maryland Medical Assistance. Our Patient Accounts Department can provide contact information based on your county of residence or you can find information online at www.dhr.state.md.us.
Full or partial financial assistance is available based on family income, the size of your family and your other financial obligations. A decision will be rendered based on the information provided as it compares with 250% of the poverty guidelines, which are published yearly in the Federal Register. In some cases, you may be required to apply for and be denied by Maryland Medical Assistance prior to being considered eligible for Brook Lane's financial assistance. Access the Financial Assistance Plain Language Summary.
If you do not qualify for other assistance programs, we can arrange an extended payment plan, up to 24 months, for any amount outstanding on your hospital/outpatient bill.
To allow us to assist you, you will be asked questions concerning employment, insurance, income and family members. You must notify the Patient Accounts Office of changes in your financial situation, such as a new job, divorce or new insurance.
If you do not have health coverage, we expect you to pay your bill in a timely manner. If you believe you may be eligible under the hospital/outpatient's financial assistance policy, or if you cannot afford to pay the bill in full, you should contact Brook Lane’s Director of Patient Accounts at 800-342-2992 x1265.
For amounts more than $10,000, the Director of Patient Accounts and CFO will determine financial needs based on a review of family income and expense levels. Final disposition of all requests for financial assistance will be completed within seven business days of the request and when all information has been received and reviewed.
If you fail to meet the financial obligations of your bill, you may be referred to a collection agency. It is the obligation of patients or their responsible parties to ensure that Brook Lane obtains accurate and complete information.
Please contact Loreen Harne, Director of Patient Accounts at 800-342-2992 x1265 for specific information on income guidelines or other questions pertaining to financial assistance.
CMS Rate Transparency
The current fee schedule reflects charges for items and services provided by Brook Lane as of December 28, 2020. This type of file is commonly referred to as the hospital's "chargemaster." In Maryland, the average rate for hospital services—patient days, laboratory, and therapies—are regulated by the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC), a state regulatory agency. The HSCRC sets average hospital rates annually, on July 1 every year. Brook Lane plans to post this information semi-annually, on January 1 and July 1 to coincide with hospital rate setting and mid-year. Hospital charges do not include charges for physician services, commonly referred to as professional fees, which are separate from the hospital bill.
Although the state of Maryland sets hospital rates as of a certain date, hospital charges are allowed to fluctuate during the course of the year and detailed charges for items may be different from the average approved rate that covers a larger group of services. That means charges on individual bills for Maryland hospitals may be different from the charges posted here. This is both allowable and normal as hospitals adjust charges frequently to comply with other regulations. Rates are set on average, and the underlying service charges may vary because they are components of the average. Brook Lane and other Maryland hospitals believe it is impractical to update charges that are posted more than twice per year because charges change frequently.