My wife had to have two procedures related to her gall bladder, which caused her to be hospitalized for about 5 days. We went to Methodist based on it's reputation. We will not return to Methodist for healthcare.
The first thing we noticed is that there was no communication amongst the staff and physicians. The nurses didn't seem to communicate at shift change. Within a span of a few hours, my wife was both set to be taken for a surgery that wasn't scheduled and to be discharged (before her procedures occurred). Thank goodness she had her wits about her; I shudder to think what could have happened with a patient that wasn't fully aware of what was happening.
The billing from these two procedures has been a total scam. Methodist itself is in my insurance network. I verified that in advance. However, outside of the nursing staff and the room/board, virtually nothing else that happens is related to Methodist. The doctors and physicians assistants all seem to be contracted or freelancers and may or may not be in your network. When they run tests, they seem to send the specimens to their own labs, which often seem to be out-of-network. There are also outrageous fees for services that well above industry standards. My insurance rep said that Methodist tried to charge 3-4 times the norm for virtually everything. As an example, a physician's assistant my wife saw once tried to charge us $18,000.
Bottom line is that it's very easy to go to Methodist because it's "in-network" only to find out that a huge portion of the services rendered are out-of-network. Perhaps we are expected to verify the network association of every single person we interact with during the course of the stay? If so, that is ridiculous; if Methodist is going to advertise as being in a network, then everyone associated with them should be also. But that's not how it is and the reality is that there is bait and switch at play.