LD 2271 – Maine

Status: Enacted
Year Introduced: 2024
Link: https://legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?LD=2271&snum=131

This bill proposes new requirements for health care entities in the state of Maine relating to facility fees. The term “facility fee” refers to a fee charged or billed by a health care provider for outpatient services provided in a hospital-based facility. These fees are separate from professional fees and are typically used to help cover the operational expenses of the hospital or health system. Under the new regulations, health care entities are barred from charging facility fees for telehealth services unless the patient is physically present in a hospital-based facility. Additionally, health care entities must disclose if they are part of a hospital or health system, and whether they charge a facility fee. This information must be posted in patient waiting areas and on the entity’s public website. The Maine Health Data Organization is also required to post educational material on their public website about what facility fees are and when they may be charged.

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