Billing and Insurance

Thank you for choosing OHSU for your care. OHSU Patient Billing Services is here to help you with your questions about billing and insurance. Financial assistance is available for patients who qualify.

You may be able to get a discount if you pay your bill in one payment. Call 503-494-8047 for more information. 

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Plans we take

Plans we take

Some plans limit what they’ll cover at OHSU.

Insurance plans that include OHSU

We accept hundreds of insurance plans, including original Medicare, also called traditional Medicare. Some plans limit what they’ll cover at OHSU. It’s best to check with your insurer before you get care.

This list may change without notice.

      Questions to ask your insurer

      Is OHSU in network for my plan? Is my OHSU provider in network for my plan?

      • In network: Your insurer has a contract with OHSU and/or your provider. Your costs will be limited.
      • Out of network: Your insurer does not have a contract with OHSU and/or your provider. You will pay more.

      What does my plan cover?

      Your insurer will have the best information about what services, treatments, medications, medical equipment and fees it covers.

      Do I need prior authorization?

      Prior authorization is also called preauthorization or precertification. It means your insurer agrees before you receive care that it is medically necessary for you to have a service, treatment, medication or medical equipment.

      Learn more about billing and insurance at OHSU

      Understanding your bill

      Your bill may include charges for:

      • Provider services
      • Hospital services
      • Facility fees

      Provider services: These are charges from doctors and other health care professionals who took care of you.

      Hospital services: These are charges for other parts of your care, including supplies and medications.

      Facility fees: These are charges for some visits to OHSU clinics. We follow facility fee rules set by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. These fees are meant to cover the costs of running the clinic.

      If you had anesthesia: You may get a separate bill for that service.

      How to read your OHSU bill

      No surprise billing

      Federal law protects you from surprise billing:

      • For emergency care from an out-of-network provider or facility.
      • From out-of-network providers who provide these services at in-network facilities:
        • Anesthesia
        • Assistant surgeon
        • Emergency care
        • Hospitalist
        • Intensivist
        • Laboratory
        • Neonatology (newborn care)
        • Pathology
        • Radiology (imaging)

      Learn more: Your Rights and Protections Against Surprise Medical Bills

      OHSU price lists

      We have the same pricing for all patients, but what you actually pay depends on your insurance plan. If you don’t have health insurance or don’t have enough insurance, you may qualify for discounts. Call 503-494-8505 to learn more.

      Get a cost estimate for your care

      If you have health insurance:

      If you don’t have or are not using health insurance: You have a right to a written good-faith estimate at least one business day before care. If your bill is $400 or more above the  estimate, you can dispute your bill. The estimate will cover the total expected cost of nonemergency care. This includes:

      • Medical tests
      • Provider fees
      • Medical equipment
      • Hospital fees

        Medicaid/Oregon Health Plan coverage for 2023-24

        On April 1, 2023, the Oregon Health Authority began asking Oregon Health Plan members for income information to review who qualifies for Medicaid. The Oregon Health Plan is Oregon’s Medicaid program.

        This income review is called redetermination. The federal government paused the annual reviews during the COVID-19 pandemic. The pause ended March 31, 2023. Oregon now has until June 2024 to finish reviews.

        If you are an Oregon Health Plan member:

        • Make sure the state has your mailing address. To check or update your address:
          • Go to and click on “Manage Account.”
          • Call the Oregon Health Authority’s Customer Service Center at 800-699-9075 weekdays between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Interpreters are available.  
          • If you are an OHSU patient, call Health Services Customer Service at 844-827-6572 (for TTY users, 711) weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
        • Watch your mail. All 1.4 million Oregon Health Plan members should get a review notice by January 2024.
        • Follow steps in the notice within 90 days to keep Medicaid coverage. If you don’t respond within 90 days, you will have coverage for 60 more days.

        Learn more:

            Billing for MyChart messages

            We may bill you or your insurance if you send us a medical message in MyChart that:

            • Involves a medical decision.
            • Takes your provider more than five minutes to answer.

            As virtual care becomes common, we spend more time answering MyChart messages. Billing for in-depth answers lets your provider:

            • Take the time to look at your medical history.
            • Give you the best advice.

            Please message your provider through MyChart only if you are willing to possibly be billed.

            If you have Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan): MyChart messages are free.

            If you have Medicare or other health insurance: We will charge a co-pay as if you had an in-person visit. If you don’t have a co-pay, the most you’ll pay is $77. Your deductible applies.

            To see how much you’ll pay under your insurance plan:

            If you don’t have insurance: The most you’ll pay is $77.

            Pay your bill

            By mail:
            OHSU Patient Billing Services
            P.O. Box 575
            Portland, OR 97207-5975
            (Please include payment coupon.)

            In person:
            Fifth Avenue Building
            1400 S.W. Fifth Ave., Suite 500
            Portland, OR 97201