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Frequently Asked Questions

About Your NorthShore University HealthSystem Statement

Q: Who do I contact if I have questions about my bill?
A: For assistance with your bill, please contact Customer Service via a NorthShoreConnect message or by calling 847.570.5000.

Q: Are all my physician and hospital charges combined on this single statement?
A: Beginning in January 2013, NorthShore University HealthSystem Hospitals and NorthShore University Medical Group combined patient billing onto a single statement. You will now receive one statement for yourself and all family members who share this account number. If you see a physician who is not employed by NorthShore or receive Home Health Services, you will receive a separate statement and have responsibility to follow up with those providers.

Q: Can I elect to receive separate statements for certain services or family members?
A: Yes. Psychiatric services are automatically billed on separate statements to help ensure confidentiality. Other patients on your account may receive a separate statement by requesting a separate guarantor account number at registration or by contacting Customer Service at 847.570.5000.

Q: Should I contact my insurance company before coming to NorthShore?
A: We suggest that you review your policy and benefits prior to receiving any medical attention. If you have any questions regarding your policy, please contact your employer or insurance carrier.

Q: Do I need to bring anything with me when I come for my physician appointment or hospital service?
A: In addition to anything your referring physician may ask you to bring, you should also bring your insurance card and other documents that would facilitate the registration and billing process.

Q: Will I be asked to make any payments on the day of my visit/service?
A: Depending on the type of insurance you have and the services you are having, you may be asked to pay a co-payment, deductible or co-insurance at the time of your visit. If you do not have insurance, you may be asked to make payment in full. If you have an outstanding balance at the time of service, you may be asked to pay it at that time.

Q: How soon will I receive a bill after my service(s)?
A: You can expect to receive a bill after we have received payment or a denial from your insurance company. However, if you are not covered under any insurance policy, you can expect to receive an itemized bill within seven to ten days following your visit.

Q: How do I enroll in eStatement billing?
A: If you no longer want to receive paper copies of your statements, you can enroll at NorthShoreConnect to receive eStatements. NorthShoreConnect is your secure, online health connection that allows you to view and pay your bills online.

Q: What should I do if I don’t have any insurance?
A: Prior to receiving services you should call our Financial Counseling department at 847.570.2100. If services have already being provided you will need to call Customer Service at 847.570.5000 to make payment arrangements.

Q: Is financial assistance available?
A: Yes. NorthShore has a Charity Care and Financial Assistance Program to assist patients who qualify. To learn more and to print the application form, Click Here, contact Customer Service via a NorthShoreConnect message or by calling 847.570.5000.

Q: What should I do if I am receiving a statement and I am unable to make payment in full?
A: NorthShoreConnect users can now set up and manage self-service payment plans online. Visit NorthShoreConnect.org to log-in or sign-up. Otherwise, contact Customer Service via a NorthShoreConnect message or by calling 847.570.5000 to discuss what, if any payment terms ca be accepted.

Q: Will NorthShore send claims to both my primary and secondary insurance companies?
A: Yes. If insurance information is provided for both carriers, we will first submit a claim to your primary carrier. Upon receipt of payment and or response from your primary carrier, we will then submit a claim to your secondary carrier.

Q: Will NorthShore notify me when my insurance pays my bill?
A: If there is a patient responsibility (ie. co-pay, deductible, co-insurance or non-covered service) after your insurance company pays your claim, then you will be notified via a statement. Otherwise, no statements will be sent to you reflecting the insurance payment.

Q: Where is my account number located?
A: Your account number is located in the yellow boxes.

Q: What is the Visit #?
A: Your visit # identifies the service date for a particular physician or hospital/facility visit.

Q: Why do I get a bill before my insurance company makes a payment?
A: This statement balance reflects the estimated amount of your patient portion according to information obtained from your insurance company.

Q: I didn’t come to the hospital, but I did see a physician. Why am I being charged a physician visit and a hospital visit?
A: You are not receiving duplicate bills for the same service. NorthShore University HealthSystem bills for services provided at a facility that is owned by NorthShore University HealthSystem. The hospital visit represents this facility fee. For additional information Click Here.

Q: Why does my statement show multiple visits for the same service?
A: Depending on the type of service you received, you will see both hospital and physician services on the same statement. For example, if you come in for an X-ray, will see hospital charges for use of the equipment and the facility, as well as, a charge for the radiologist who interprets the x-ray.

Q: What should I do if I am receiving a statement that I believe has already been paid?
A: In the event you feel that the services have already been paid for, you may review all payment and adjustment detail by logging into NorthShoreConnect.org. Alternately, contact Customer Service via a NorthShoreConnect message or by calling 847.570.5000, so that we may review the account and make any applicable annotations needed. You may be asked to provide our office with copies of the documentation supporting the proof of payment.

Q: How may I request a copy of my bill?
A: You may review and print all charge detail by logging into NorthShoreConnect.org. Alternately, for copies of your itemized charges contact Customer Service via a NorthShoreConnect message or by calling 847.570.5000.