If You Have Health Insurance
Don't forget to bring your health insurance card or proof of coverage with
you to the hospital. We also may need insurance forms, which are supplied
by your employer or insurance company. All patients should familiarize
themselves with the terms of their insurance coverage. This will help
you understand the hospital's billing procedures and charges.
If you are admitted to the hospital, you will be asked to sign a form assigning
all insurance benefits for your stay to Southern Regional. This form allows
us to file with your insurance company and collect money on your behalf.
After you are discharged, we will send a claim to your insurance company
seeking payment. You should receive a statement from the hospital within
45 days of discharge and then every subsequent 30 days until the account
is resolved. We encourage your help in assisting us with collection of
the appropriate amount from your insurance company.
If You Are a Member of an HMO or PPO
Your plan may have special requirements, such as a second surgical opinion
or pre-certification, for certain tests or procedures. It is your responsibility
to make sure the requirements are followed. If not, you may be financially
responsible for all or part of the services rendered for you in the hospital.
Some physician specialists may not participate in your health care plan,
and their services may not be covered.
If You Are Covered by Medicare
We will need a copy of your Medicare card to verify eligibility and process
your Medicare claim. You should be aware that the Medicare program specifically
excludes payment for certain items and services such as cosmetic surgery,
some oral surgery procedures, personal comfort items, hearing evaluations
and others. If you have a Medicare Supplement Plan you will also need
to bring a copy of your Medicare Supplement Plan card so that we can verify
eligibility and process the claim after Medicare has paid, if there is
a balance due. Please visit the
site for more information.
If You Are Covered by Medicaid
We will need a copy of your Medicaid card for the current month. Medicaid
also has payment limitations on a number of services and items. Medicaid
does not pay for the cost of a private room unless medically necessary.
For more information on the Georgia Medicaid program, please visit the
State of Georgia's Department of Community Health's
If You Have No Health Insurance
You can discuss financial arrangements with a representative from our Patient
Accounts Department. The Patient Accounts phone number is (770) 991-8600.
This department can also assist you with applying for Medicaid or other
government assistance programs.