If you believe you are having a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department.
The information below can help you understand the charges you may see when you visit one of our emergency departments (ED).
Will I receive more than one bill?
Families typically receive two bills: one from Children’s Colorado and one from their provider(s). This is because many of our providers don't work directly for the hospital. Instead, they have privileges to practice at Children’s Colorado. The Children's Colorado bill covers clinical services such as nursing care, therapies, radiology, labs and more. The second bill covers the providers’ care. Most of our providers bill through CU Medicine.
What do the Children’s Colorado charges, sometimes called a facility fee, cover?
The bill that families receive from Children’s Colorado will include itemized charges based on the level, and length and type of care provided to the patient. In the ED, it is based on how much care the patient needs on a scale from one to five and covers all clinical expenses that were needed to care for the patient, equipment and supplies, technology and physical space.
For more information, please read our billing guide for families.
How do you determine how much to charge on the Children’s Colorado bill?
Patients who need a higher level of care will have a higher charge. The charge is based on how involved the illness or injury is and the patient’s specific needs and resources required.
A level 1 charge covers medical conditions that can be diagnosed and treated with very few steps. A level 5 charge is for patients who need the most complex care, including multiple tests and complex clinical interventions. It is important to note that the charge is not based solely based on a patient’s diagnosis. The services provided at the bedside and the coordination of care required by the specific patient’s condition could result in a different charge than another patient with the same diagnosis.
Average Children's Colorado (facility fee) charges
The information below does not apply to patients who have health insurance through Medicaid, other government programs, an employer, or the private insurance market. If a patient has health insurance, the amount the patient owes will depend on their plan and can include deductibles, co-payments and co-insurances. If you have health insurance, you should call your health insurer to find out what you would need to pay for services at Children’s Colorado.
A typical emergency department visit will incur other charges that are not included in the facility fee. You may see separate charges on your bill for services such as imaging, labs, procedures, pharmacy, and supplies. If you have questions about your bill, please contact Children’s Colorado’s Patient Financial Services team at 720-777-6422. Please note that the charges below do not include physician or advanced practice providers’ services. Patients may receive a separate bill for these services.
The following table shows our average charges including self-pay discounts for Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Codes.
||Children's Colorado charges including self-pay discount
||ER VISIT Level I
||ER VISIT Level II
||ER VISIT Level III
||ER VISIT Level IV
||ER VISIT Level V
Who should I call if I am uninsured and have questions?
If you are uninsured, please call us at 720-777-7001 to talk to a financial counselor at Children’s Colorado. Our financial counselors are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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