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Lab Tests Online  Editor's Pick

Learn about specific clinical lab tests - what they are, why they're ordered, how they're used, what the results mean. Details on hundreds of lab tests. The site resulted from collaboration among professional societies representing the clinical laboratory community. The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) produces the site to help educate the public about lab testing. Updated 2011

Laboratory Diagnostic Procedures for Influenza (Flu)

Click on Rapid Diagnostic Testing to see CDC's Influenza Diagnostic Table for information about turnaround time for influenza lab tests. Site is definitely geared to health professionals

Laboratory Tests (MedlinePlus)

Addresses common tests, home testing, screening tests, basic blood tests, urine tests, saliva tests and more

New York - Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program (CLEP) - Approved Labs for all types of testing

Laboratories approved for certain specialty testing in New York are listed here by category of testing. Examples include Andrology (fertility assessment e.g. sperm count), Blood transfusion testing, Cellular Immunology, Endocrinology (e.g. thyroid function tests, TSH), HIV screening tests or those for viral identification, DNA testing, Toxicology labs, Trace Element labs, Transplant monitoring, or urine pregnancy testing; many more

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AMA: 271 Clinical Performance Measures for Physicians, 2012 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

The American Medical Association's Consortium for Performance Improvement has agreed on 271 measures in 42 clinical topics, that are supported by evidenced-based clinical guidelines. Topics include diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart care, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, stroke, pneumonia, emergency care, prenatal testing, cancer screening, smoking, prostate cancer care, ear and eye problems, depression, surgical infection prevention, GERD, end-stage renal disease, chronic kidney disease, substance abuse, wound care and more. Written for medical professionals, but consumers might learn something about appropriate physician care

American Hospital Directory - Outpatient Charges and Volumes (ahd.com)  Editor's Pick

Charges and average costs for the 20 outpatient Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs) representing the highest Medicare outpatient payment to each hospital (excluding critical access hospitals). List varies by hospital. May include: cost for colonoscopy, laparoscopy, CT, MRI, clinic and emergency (ER) visits, x-ray tests, upper GI, lower GI endoscopy, arthroscopy, cataract with lens, angiography, echocardiography, hernia repair, infusion therapy, nerve injection, outpatient cardiac catheterization, ultrasound. Scroll to bottom of the hospital page to Outpatient Utilization Statistics. Also shown: inpatient market share by local zip code; net income. Link is to the Free Hospital Information

California - Average Inpatient and Outpatient Hospital Prices, 2012

Find prices for 421 CA hospitals. Inpatient prices are listed in the Charge Master - which shows the charge for every pill, lab test and hospital room rate. MRI and CT tests should be included. Find average cost (charge) for top 25 types of outpatient procedures or surgery by CPT code) for each hospital under a separate tab. Outpatient reports may show prices for Emergency Dept. visit. Files are in Excel file format. Prices are current to June 2012. Consumers can now see one hospital at a time, instead of downloading the mega-file

Genomics - CDC National Office of Public Health Genomics

Find out the definition of Genomics, and read the Fact Sheets from Emory University for subjects such as genetic testing and newborn screening, family history for cancer or mental illness, and prenatal testing. Genetics: the study of inheritance. Genomics: the study of people's genes and how they interact with each other and with the environment

Maine - Outpatient Lab Prices (2007)

State of Maine shows average charges (closest available to average cost) for Lab tests such as CBC ($120 in 2007), Lipid panel ($76), PTT $36; Comprehensive Metabolic panel $120; Surgical Pathology report $244, routine venipuncture $14, TSH $92, and other common test prices from $17 to $90. Prices for 2009 may be substantially higher

MN Physician fees, office visit cost, colonoscopy, more

Find how much physicians charge for 105 professional services in Minnesota, ND, SD, WI through Minnesota HealthScores' Cost Report feature. Compare prices over 150 participating medical groups, and hundreds of clinic locations in Minnesota, and some border communities, for doctor office visits, lab tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, minor office surgical procedures such as ear wax or wart removal; immunization, psychotherapy. Obstetric services, including inpatient delivery. Medical groups include Allina, Altru, Apple Valley, Aspen, Avera, Brainerd, Children's Physician Network, Dakota Clinic, Edina, Fairview, Fergus, Grand Itasca, Gundersen, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Lakewood, Mankato, Mayo Clinic, MeritCare, Innovis, North Memorial, Northstar, Olmsted, Osceola, Park Nicollet, Regina, Ridgeview, Sanford, St. Cloud CentraCare, St. Luke's, St. Mary's Duluth Clinic, Stillwater, United, University of Minnesota, Winona Clinic, and more; OB-GYN clinics, Report by MN Community Measurement. Does NOT include facility charges which are in the thousands for colonoscopy or childbirth. Interactive easy-to-use format. Costs shown are what BCBS, Health Partners, Medica, and Preferred One PAID in 2008, after their discounts. Consumers should assume 2011 prices are higher

New Hampshire Outpatient Hospital Prices - Compare (free)

Compare hospital outpatient tests, visits and some surgery prices, as well as some ER prices (2010-2011) in NH. Choose procedure or test (e.g. lab, MRI, or CT), and hospital (one hospital at a time). Compare to common charges in the county and NH average. To find tonsillectomy, look under Digestive. Consumers should note that physician fees are extra, and NOT shown in the website prices. They may also need to add inflation factor for 2012. New Hampshire PricePoint through NH Hospital Assn.

Prostate Problems: Medical Tests

Describes tests such as the PSA test (prostate-specific antigen), digital rectal exam, Transrectal Ultrasound and Prostate Biopsy, and more. Site by the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, part of NIH

Rapid Blood Test for MRSA Infections - Two Hours

The FDA cleared the first quick test (just 2 hour processing time) for drug-resistant Staph Infections known as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), January 2008. Test called BD GeneOhm StaphSR Assay is to be used only in patients suspected of a staph infection, and is expected to be helpful in hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis centers

Self-Reported Lab Test Prices (self-pay) - Prairie Lakes

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System in Watertown, SD offers a direct lab access program for the public (no physician order needed) for self-pay patients. Prices include pregnancy test, cardiac risk assessment profile, cholesterol screen, glucose test, A1C test (diabetes control), hemoglobin, lipid panel, PSA test, TSH (thyroid) and urinalysis. Many tests cost $10 to $20

Vermont - 2012 Outpatient Diagnostic Test Prices  Editor's Pick

Compare 2012 hospital prices for lab work, x-ray & imaging tests. MRI charges averaged $2053 [pelvis] to $3487 [cervical spine] with physician fee. CT scan of head, neck, face, chest, spine, pelvis, abdomen (overall CT average $1343 to $2035); digital screening mammograms average $435 with physician charge. Specific test prices for urinalysis, glucose, Metabolic Panel ($105 average), lipid panel ($88), PSA (average $130, range 78 to 222), CBC (range $36 to $100), strep test (about $65, range from $35 to $139), Pap test (about $100), pregnancy test (range $16 to $77), blood typing, OB ultrasound (average $721), x-rays, Cardiology EKG ($1127 for stress EKG), PT evaluation ($246) and more. CPT codes listed. Probably the best State site for hospital outpatient diagnostic test cost comparison. Prices good through Sept. 30, 2012. Tables 3B through 3I

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