They actually get privledges if they follow specific rules for each hospital. This is particularly helpful if one hospital in town has an agreement with one kind of insurance and another hospital in town has agreements with different insurance companies; the doctor can send their patient to the hospital that works with the patient's insurance.
No, they shouldn't be billing you for the provider discount if the hospital is contracted with the health insurance plan.
Cost to who? The hospital, the patient, the insurance company?
Upon arriving at the hospital, the patient first reports to the hospital registration or admitting area. The patient will be required to complete paperwork and show an insurance identification card, if insured. Often, a pre-registration process.
A contractual adjustment is made by the billing department in a hospital in order to charge a patient's insurance company. The result is that the patient is not responsible for payment.
A patient with a chart is usually in the hospital. With that said, most hospital stays including the tests done for a patient are paid for by an insurance company. Since the hospital is already paid, it seems logical that a copy of the patient's chart should be given freely. It would seem to be a patient "right".
It depends on where you are. Most will not though, as they have a duty to care for any patient placed in their care.
Yes. While an emergency room can not refuse to treat anyone, a hospital is not obliged to provide non emergency surgery.
It probably stands for inpatient, meaning the patient was admitted to the hospital either overnight or longer.
Hospital confinement is preventing a patient from leaving the hospital.
Inpatient services benefit a hospital the most.