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Explanation of amounts
generally billed

Following a determination of financial-assistance eligibility, an individual will not be charged more than the amounts generally billed (AGB) for emergency or other medical care provided to individuals with insurance covering that care.

At Cook Children’s the AGB is determined through the “Look-back method” which is calculated as follows:

  1. The AGB is calculated by reviewing all past claims that have been paid in full to the hospital facility for medically necessary care by Medicare fee-for-service together with all private health insurers paying claims to the hospital in a prior 12-month period. This amount can include co-insurance; copayments and deductibles.
  2. The AGB for emergency or medically necessary care provided to a financial assistance-eligible individual is determined by multiplying gross charges for that care by one or more percentages of gross charges (called "AGB percentages"). 
    1. The percentages are calculated at least annually by dividing the sum of certain claims paid to the hospital facility by the sum of the associated gross charges for those claims.
    2. Multiple AGB percentages may be calculated for separate categories of care (for example, in-patient verses out-patient care; or care provided by different departments) or for separate items or services. 
  3. The percentages are applied by the 45th day after the end of the 12-month period the hospital facility used in calculating the AGB percentage(s).
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