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Hospital Comparison Tool - Hospital Ratings & Cost Rankings (all states)  Editor's Pick

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Mexico makes this Hospital Comparison Tool from HealthShare (WebMD) available to compare hospital care ANYWHERE in the country, mostly using Medicare data. No registration required. Gives results according to the importance you give to survival, complication rates, costs, volume and length of stay. Provides rankings, and crosses state lines when doing the search. Considerable detail on different types of complications if you keep delving deeper. Disease categories include Cancer, GI (e.g., appendectomy, colon or bowel surgery, gall bladder, hernia repair, gastric bypass), gynecology (e.g. hysterectomy), stroke (under head & neck), heart (e.g. attack, failure, angioplasty, cardiac bypass, catheterization, defibrillator, pacemaker, valve), lungs (e.g. pneumonia, COPD), medical, mother & baby (maternity, delivery for selected states only), orthopedic (e.g. hip or knee replacement), pediatric, prostatectomy, plastic/cosmetic surgery and heart, kidney, lung or liver transplants. Caution: it always assumes higher volume is preferred, which may not be valid. Patient satisfaction scores from the federal HospitalCompare tool shown, without disclosing dates.

Arizona - Compare Hospital Prices, 2012 (xls)

AZ hospital-specific rate increases, charges for regular room rates, nursery, pediatric, ICU and CCU room daily rates; swing, rehab or skilled nursing bed rates, Labor & Delivery room rates, Trauma Team (ED) activation, EEG, EKG, CBC lab test price, lithotripsy, x-ray, CT (head or abdomen), prices for ultrasound, brain MRI, physical therapy, respiratory therapy and more. Site by the Arizona Department of Health Services requires consumers to open and understand difficult Excel spreadsheet files. Updated 2012 rate increases. Scroll to Cost Comparison Chart

Arizona Hospital Prices - Find average cost by hospital

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association provides a way for participating hospitals to share their charges (the closest substitute for average cost information). A few hospitals provide this information online. No dates are shown

Arkansas Hospital Volumes, Prices, Quality Ratings - by name of hospital

Find average charges (a proxy for average costs) for 40 common hospitalizations at specific AR hospitals by Clicking on INPATIENT PRICING after you've selected your hospital. Price List varies by hospital, but may include maternity and childbirth, stroke, chest pain, stomach disorders, back pain, nutritional problems (diabetes), blood infection (septicemia), rehabilitation, heart attack, cardiac cath, drug coated stent, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, urinary infection, COPD, pneumonia, total hip or knee replacement surgery, hysterectomy, psychiatric care, ventilator support and more. Note: Definitions conflict for whether data such as Volumes are Medicare-only, or reflect all patients. To find quality scores on heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia or surgical infections, and patient opinions, click on QUALITY at each hospital's page. Hospital Consumer Assist is provided by the Arkansas Hospital Association. Prices from 2007; Quality and Patient Satisfaction scores are more current, using 2009 ratings

California - Average Costs for Inpatient Surgery, 2009

Compare median charges (price) among Calif. hospitals for 28 common elective inpatient surgeries such as assisted childbirth delivery, c-section, gastric bypass, gall bladder removal (open or laparoscopy), inpatient hernia repair, hysterectomy, mastectomy, hip or knee replacement, disc removal, prostatectomy TURP, heart valve, PTCA angioplasty, heart bypass CABG, endarterectomy, bladder tumor TURB, repair stress incontinence and kidney removal. Shows number of surgeries and average length of stay. All hospitals except Kaiser and Shriners; website by CA state Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, (OSHPD.ca.gov). Easy to use, but would have been nice to have current prices instead of 2009's

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

Colorado 2010 Hospital Charges & Length of Stay (pdf)

Find 2010 average charges (prices), a likely range of costs, number of patients and average length of stay by CO hospital name, for 35 common inpatient medical conditions and surgical procedures. Excludes doctors' fees and outpatient surgery. Shown by region, e.g. Denver area. At the end of each category (APR-DRG), statewide total averages are shown. You may read the pages free on online, but to be able to print any page, you may have to purchase the $250 report (338 pages). Published by the Colorado Hospital Association Aug. 2011

Florida Inpatient Hospital Ratings, Average Charges, Survival Rates, Readmissions  Editor's Pick

Search feature, mortality (survival rates), complication rates, volume, and average charges (price range), 2011 data. (We couldn't find the readmission rates.) All age groups (not just Medicare), extensive set of health conditions/diseases, and the ability to rank order by top hospitals at the head of the list. Click on the hospital name to see actual risk-adjusted mortality rates for heart attack, stroke, heart failure (CHF), GI hemorrhage, hip fracture, hip replacement, pneumonia, AAA repair, heart bypass, craniotomy, surgery to remove the pancreas, or esophageal resection. Compare hospitals on infections, iatrogenic pneumothorax, and post-op sepsis. Hysterectomy listed under Women's Health instead of Surgery. FloridaHealthFinder.gov

Georgia Hospital Price Check - Compare costs by name of hospital

Georgia Hospital Association shows GA hospital comparisons on Price (the closest available to average cost). Common hospital stays and surgery prices are listed similar to other pricepoint systems. An overall Quality Index is also provided for each hospital to help consumers make a value choice. Average charges Temporarily Suspended 2012

Illinois Hospital and Ambulatory Surgery Center Ratings and Prices (IDPH)

Compare IL hospitals on heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention, knee arthroscopy, cardiac surgery, safety measures, infection rates, some survival information, patient satisfaction, more. See volume and 2011-2012 median charges (closest you'll get to average cost) for selected types of inpatients (e.g. birth, c-section, appendectomy, COPD, gall bladder), and outpatients at ambulatory surgery centers (such as bunionectomy, hernia repair, colonoscopy, lens, lumpectomy, tonsillectomy). May get a full report for one hospital at a time, or one measure at a time for multiple hospitals side-by-side, with state averages. Infection rates use 2011 data. Hospital Report Card by IL Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) for all IL cities incl. Chicago area, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield, Champaign. Report is greatly improved; updated 2013

Iowa Hospital Inpatient Charges Compare

Iowa Hospital Charges Compare provides information about volumes and average 2010-2011 charges (amount billed) at IA hospitals. Select one hospital to begin. Site allows 4 hospitals to be compared at one time for prices, length of stay, number of cases and more. Must select city first, then body system before finding the procedure. Provided by the Iowa Hospital Association, this is a starting point for comparing average cost of care between Iowa hospitals. Compare typical prices for surgery such as gall bladder removal, bowel surgery, knee joint replacement; childbirth and newborns, pneumonia, stroke, heart care, transplants, COPD, psych, rehab, and most medical conditions. Severity of illness can be specified. Consumers will need to inflate old prices to estimate current charges

Louisiana Hospital Ratings and Prices - LA Hospital Inform

Search by Parish. Must click on View Reports on the left side of page to see LA hospital-specific selected inpatient charges (e.g. child birth, C-section, hip or knee surgery, gall bladder removal, appendectomy, heart problems, stent, cardiac cath, stomach problems, stroke, kidney failure, COPD, pneumonia, more); outpatient Medicare prices include ER visits, heart tests such as cardiac cath, EKG, stress test, echo; CT scan, MRI, x-ray and ultrasound, GI endoscopy, mammography, more. Quality scores similar to those at HospitalCompare, but may be less current. Louisiana Hospital Inform is sponsored by the Louisiana Hospital Association; Prices from 2009 (outpatient and inpatient)

Maine Charges for Surgery, x-ray, imaging tests (MHDO)

Maine Health Data Organization's HealthCost website shows average charges (prices) and actual average payments for surgery such as knee arthroscopy, tonsillectomy, gall bladder removal, hernia repair, breast biopsy, carpal tunnel, kidney stones, total hip replacement; tests such as colonoscopy, mammogram, x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound. Good news is that both physician and hospital charges are shown to give you an idea of total cost (and discounts); CPT codes also shown. Bad news: prices date from 2008-2010, or nearly 3 years old. From maine.gov

Maryland Hospital Pricing Guide, May 2011 (pdf)

Compare average charges (prices) at each MD hospital (by name) and volumes statewide for 15 most common inpatient diagnoses (severity adjusted using APR-DRGs) - including newborns (avg. $1831), childbirth vaginal delivery ($5859), c-section (avg. $8219), heart failure, chest pain, angina & atherosclerosis, cardiac arrhythmia, pneumonia, COPD ($8287), septicemia ($17,653), cellulitis ($6840), knee joint replacement (avg. $22,027), bipolar admissions ($8168 state avg.) urinary tract infections ($7052) and renal failure ($10,469). Data from 2009 - 2010. Not included: costs for cancer, stroke, hysterectomy, rehabilitation, digestive problems. By MD Health Care Commission MHCC May 2011

Massachusetts Hospital Quality, Cost, Surgeon Volume Information (mass.gov)

Massachusetts Health and Human Services department reports quality ratings, cost comparisons, volume and in some cases inpatient survival rates (mortality indicators). Nearly 50 conditions and procedures covered, including inpatient gall bladder removal surgery, hip fracture, hip and knee replacement, stroke, GI hemorrhage, heart attack, heart failure, CABG, PCI, Pneumonia, Obstetrics and Maternity care, including cesarean section and VBAC, prostatectomy, gastric bypass and other digestive procedures, AAA repair and carotid endarterectomy. In some cases, individual surgeons are named (e.g. physicians who did at least 40 radical prostatectomy operations in a year, or how many knee replacements by orthopedic surgeons) Uses FY2005 volumes and FY2004 cost data. Site is relatively user-friendly, but is becoming outdated. Information varies by procedure. Read closely to see if it's Medicare-only or all types of patients

Michigan Hospital Prices, Patient Opinion and Quality Ratings

Michigan Hospital Association's Keystone Center web site shows Medicare charges, and how much Medicare pays after they apply federal discounts (for an idea of average cost) and volumes for the top 50 most common inpatient and 50 outpatient services at nonprofit hospitals. Includes services like clinic visit (without the doctor's charge), ER visit, MRI, CT scan, ultrasound. Inpatient conditions like stroke, hip, knee or ankle surgery, GI problems, psych admission, heart problems also show average Medicare charges. Compare quality of Emergency transfers from critical access hospitals in rural areas. Patient Satisfaction (HCAHPS) and Quality ratings like those at CMS hospital compare are listed for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infection prevention, except the dates may be older here and no side-by-side comparisons. Prices from 2010-2011, one hospital at a time

Minnesota - Hospital Price Check (Inpatient & Outpatient)

Hospital-specific prices (charges) for the 50 most common inpatient hospitalizations (DRGs) and top 25 same-day surgery procedures in MN. Find average or median inpatient cost, volume and length of stay for newborns and child birth delivery, pneumonia, chest pain, COPD, hip or knee replacement, appendectomy, cellulitis, hysterectomy, rehab, other surgeries & many more. Outpatient prices for biopsies, cataracts, colonoscopy, ear tubes, gallbladder, hernia repair, arthroscopy, tonsillectomy, upper GI endoscopy, hysteroscopy, carpal tunnel and other same-day surgery. Must know the County in order to select which hospital's prices you want. See one hospital and one procedure at a time; by Minnesota Hospital Association, 2010 prices

Montana Hospital Inpatient Charges - Compare Prices

Montana PricePoint shows average charges at MT hospitals for inpatient stays (2010 prices), including newborns, deliveries, Cesarean section, knee or hip replacement, rehab, psychiatric hospitalization, back problems, heart failure, stent, chest pain, bowel surgery, more. Many hospitalizations (such as diabetes, kidney or urinary tract infections, appendectomy, inpatient gall bladder removal) can only be found by using the comprehensive search. Site by MHA-An Association of Montana Health Care Providers

Nebraska Hospital PricePoint System (Inpatient Charges)

Find average price and typical charges for many types of inpatient hospital stays in NE. Examples: maternity prices, angioplasty, heart surgery, some cancer services, hip & knee surgery, bowel surgery, pneumonia, stroke, UTI, gall bladder surgery (inpatient only). Includes volume, average length of stay in the hospital, and median age of patient. Does not include physician costs. Shows one hospital/ one disease or condition at a time; 2009-2010 data. All cities including Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Creighton, Norfolk, Kearney. NHA Care Compare is sponsored by the Nebraska Hospital Association

Nevada Hospital 2010 Average Bill and Length of Stay (pdf)

Nevada selected 50 common medical hospitalizations and inpatient surgeries by Diagnosis Related Groups, and reports each hospital's average bill for each of the last five years. Sample DRGs: Stroke, COPD, Pneumonia, Asthma in kids, Heart Failure, Chest Pain, Bowel Procedures, Appendectomy, Gall Bladder, Hip Replacement, Back problems, Diabetes, Renal Failure, Hysterectomy, Births, Psychoses. Facility volumes, state-wide average charges, and trends from 2006 also shown. NV Report: Personal Health Choices, published June 2011

Nevada PricePoint (Hospital Inpatient Charges)

Find average price and typical charges for 67 types of inpatient hospitalizations in NV. Examples: childbirth prices, COPD, heart surgery, pacemaker, stents, hip & knee surgery, digestive problems, psychiatric hospitalization, rehab. Average length of stay in the hospital also given. Choose Comprehensive Query for prices on many other conditions not on the Basic list. Get one hospital/one disease or condition at a time, then select other hospitals to compare; 2011 charges shown. Must inflate and add physician fees to estimate 2012 average costs. Sponsored by the Nevada Hospital Association

New Hampshire Costs - Outpatient Surgery, Tests and Maternity

Shows typical prices for many outpatient procedures, plus inpatient maternity care. NH Health Cost shows expected average cost for over 30 common tests and ambulatory surgeries including colonoscopy, mammogram, ER visit; chest x-ray or x-ray for spine, shoulder, knee, ankle, or foot; bone density scan, CT scan (3 types), MRI for back, brain, knee, or pelvis; myocardial imaging; arthrocentesis, arthroscopy of knee, breast biopsy, destruction of lesion, outpatient gall bladder surgery, hernia repair, kidney stone removal, tonsillectomy, breast ultrasound, and other maternity ultrasound tests, births. Site uses 2010-2011 costs increased for price inflation, common language instead of requiring codes, and includes physician fees. Must supply zip code and insurance information (or no insurance). Report by The NH Department of Insurance updated 2012

New Hampshire PricePoint System (Inpatient Charges)

Find average price and typical charges for more than 60 types of inpatient hospitalizations in NH. Examples: maternity prices, heart surgery, pacemaker, hip & knee surgery, digestive problems, psychiatric hospitalization. Average length of stay in the hospital also given. Choose Comprehensive Query for prices on many other conditions not on the Basic list. Get one hospital/one disease or condition at a time; 2009 data shown. By the New Hampshire Hospital Association

New Mexico Hospitals PricePoint (Inpatient Charges)

Check charges (average price) and volumes for about 64 types of hospitalizations, representing about half of all NM hospital stays. No side-by-side comparisons; just one hospital at a time. Hospital conditions include maternity and newborn births, hip or knee replacement, back surgery, heart care, psychiatric, rehab care, and more. May also show hospital charity care and bad debt costs. Site by the New Mexico Hospitals and Health Systems Association, has not updated their 2005 prices, now 5 years old

New York and New Jersey 2010 HMO and Hospital Report Card (nyshaf.org)  Editor's Pick

Compare cost and quality ratings for HMOs such as Aetna, AmeriHealth, Anthem BCBS, Blue Choice, CDPHP, CIGNA, Community, Empire, GHI, Health Net, HIP, Independent, MVP, Oxford, & Preferred Care, side-by-side in NY and NJ, for diabetes, asthma, postpartum care, some cancer care, mental health, antibiotic use for children, low back pain care, Board-certified physicians, monthly health insurance premiums, overall patient satisfaction experience & more. Hospital quality comparisons on heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical infections also provided for NY hospitals. Inpatient volumes, average length of stay and average price (charges) provided for appendectomy, asthma, maternity (incl. newborn & c-section delivery), chest pain, depressive neuroses, diabetes, gall bladder surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, hysterectomy, stroke, cardiac procedures, pneumonia, and COPD. Some survival ratings. Impressive list of measures, too numerous to mention. Health Care Report Card prepared by the NYS Health Accountability Foundation - a partnership of the NY Business Group on Health and IPRO (the QIO). Dates of data vary; HMO premiums are supposed to be current to the month

Ohio 2010 Hospital Prices - Inpatient, Outpatient, OR, ER

Selected 2010 prices are provided by each hospital through the OHA - Ohio Hospital Association. Hospital charges shown for daily room rate, labor and delivery (obstetrics), Emergency Department (ER) prices, Operating Room surgery charges in 30-minute blocks, Mammogram, X-ray, CT, MRI, Lab tests such as CBC, Lipid Profile, Urinalysis, Troponin, PTT, Toxicology screen, blood glucose; Physical Therapy, OT, EKG test, more. Price list varies by hospital. Caution: Physician professional fees may not be included - even in ER - so read the fine print

Ohio Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Charges, 2009 (ohio.gov)

Ohio.gov Web site shows typical (median) charges (the closest available for average cost) by DRG (diagnosis related groups) and outpatient procedure, with volumes by hospital. Public Warehouse data. Helps if you know DRGs and ICD9 procedure codes in order to find the procedure prices you want. Common hospitalizations: childbirth/ maternity & newborn delivery, heart problems, gall bladder, hysterectomy, pneumonia, stroke, rehab, joint surgery. Top 60 types of hospital stays and top 60 outpatient procedures, including biopsy, endoscopy, ambulatory surgery. Depending on where you go, a bunionectomy might cost you $15k or $20,000, and that was in 2009

Ohio Hospitals - Top 60 Inpatient Hospital Prices (OHA)

As required by the Ohio Department of Health, the average and typical prices for the top 60 most common hospitalizations are listed by Diagnosis Related Groups (DRGs) for all payer cases. Reports published by the Ohio Hospital Association show volume, average charge and length of stay. No side-by-side comparisons. Surgery procedures and hospitalizations (such as joint replacement, delivery, hysterectomy [DRG 358], psychiatric admission, COPD, etc.) are listed in the order of volume for each hospital, requiring consumers to search for the condition they want, and check each individual hospital's report. 2008 data

Oklahoma PricePoint (Hospital Inpatient Charges)

Find average 2007 price and typical charges for many types of inpatient hospitalizations in OK. Examples: childbirth delivery prices, heart surgery, cardiac cath, hip & knee surgery, digestive problems, pneumonia, psychiatric hospitalization, rehab. Average length of stay in the hospital also given. Choose Comprehensive Query for prices on many other conditions not on the Basic list. Get one hospital/one disease or condition at a time. Sponsored by the Oklahoma Hospital Association. Consumers will need to inflate the old 2007 charges to estimate 2010 prices

Oregon - 2010 PricePoint (Hospital Inpatient Charges)

To get an idea of the average cost of hospital care, the Basic Query option allows users to check charges and volumes for 64 types of hospitalizations, representing about half of all hospital stays in Oregon. Includes maternity & newborn prices, heart care, stents, cardiac cath, heart transplant, hip and knee replacement charges, bone cancer, psychiatric hospitalization, alcohol & drug abuse, stomach or bowel problems, and rehabilitation charges. Hospital charity care and bad debt expenses also shown. Site by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) shows one hospital, one condition at a time, using 2009-2010 data. Consumers can try to get 2011 prices by calling the hospital

Oregon - compare hospital costs for under age 65 (2009)

State of OR (OHPR) posts average hospital charges paid by Oregon's 9 largest health plans (excludes Medicare, Medicaid) in 2009. Site is easy to navigate (click on Start Search), to compare costs for leukemia, chemotherapy, lymphoma, normal newborns and childbirth, prostate cancer (see Male reproductive), hysterectomy (Female reproductive), mental health, UTI, knee replacement and many more. Other than the prices being two years old, the information might be helpful if you think you can negotiate or select a better value hospital. Better inquire to see how much prices have gone up since 2009. Pub. Aug. 2010

Pennsylvania Cardiac Surgery, 2007 (Interactive)  Editor's Pick

Search by hospital or surgeon's name, Cardiac (heart) Bypass surgery (CABG) and heart valve cases for 2006 and 2007. Mortality (survival) rate and readmissions, open heart surgery volume, length of stay in hospital, and average charges (closest consumers will get to average cost). Database allows you to compare doctors or hospitals side-by-side. Report by PHC4, the PA Health Care Cost Containment Council, Aug. 2009

Pennsylvania Cardiac Surgery, by hospital & surgeon 2006-2007 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Survival rates for cardiac bypass surgery (CABG) continue to improve in PA (1.75% mortality for CABG without valve, in 2007.) Mortality rating, case volume, readmission rate, and length of stay shown by hospital and by doctor / surgeon name for CABG and heart valve cases. Average charges shown by hospital (statewide about $137,000 without an infection. Note, prior year's report showed Medicare paid an average of only $33,520.) Overall infection rate declined. Report (54-pg) by PHC4 - Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council, Aug. 2009

Pennsylvania Hospital Daily Room Rates 2010

See Table 13 to find the per-day charge (price) of a PA hospital inpatient room. Daily room rates do not include any surgery, lab or imaging tests, or doctor fees, so use information with great caution. From Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, June 30, 2010 prices

Pennsylvania Hospital Performance Report 2009 | PHC4 (Sept. 2010)  Editor's Pick

Compare PA hospitals on Mortality Rating (relative survival rate), Average Charge (price), Length of Stay, and Readmissions. Thirty one (31) conditions in the pdf prepared reports include heart failure, abnormal heartbeat, heart attack, angioplasty and stent, pneumonia, stomach and intestinal bleeding, stroke, (laparoscopic & open) gallbladder removal, hip fracture, COPD, blood clots, colorectal procedures, diabetes, kidney failure, urinary tract infections, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, hysterectomy, septicemia, (radical and transurethral) prostatectomy, respiratory failure with & without mechanical ventilation, intestinal obstruction & carotid endarterectomy. Grouped by region. Use the Create your Own Report feature to access 20 additional conditions such as Brain surgery, medical back care, bronchitis & asthma, cirrhosis, liver disease, pancreatic cancer, stomach disorders, vascular procedures and more. Symbols for Mortality ratings can be confusing - a higher mortality rating means worse survival (we think). Contains helpful glossary for diagnoses & surgical procedures. Probably the most comprehensive report for hospital care in the country. Data from Oct. 1, 2008 to Sept. 30, 2009

South Dakota Average Charges for Top 25 Inpatient Hospital Stays - Statewide 2007

Data on median charges (typical prices) for 25 high-frequency SD inpatient hospitalizations and surgery. Includes newborns ($2025) and uncomplicated deliveries ($5244), Cesarean section; psychoses ($6404) and depression ($4996); complicated pneumonia, COPD ($9905); hip, knee, joint replacement ($31,450); back problems; heart failure ($10,640), Stent ($26,229), chest pain; digestive, stomach and abdominal procedures; hysterectomy ($15,763, up 15% from 2006); stroke; rehabilitation ($19,495, up 15%); kidney failure ($14,776) and more. To find the usual price for a specific hospital or surgical center, click on Hospitals in the upper right of the web page. Pub. June 2008 by SD Department of Health, 2007 prices

South Dakota Hospital prices - by name of hospital

SD PricePoint shows average inpatient charges and typical (median) prices for 2011 at South Dakota hospitals. See one hospital at a time, as compared to the state averages. Site by SDAHO, the state's hospital association

Texas PricePoint - Compare Hospital Inpatient Charges (Prices)

If you are looking for average cost of hospital care or surgery, the 2010-2011 prices at this site by the Texas Hospital Association might be the closest you can find. Information for one hospital at a time (no side-by-side comparisons) for maternity, childbirth, newborn, c-section; hip or knee replacement (look up Joint), fracture repair; hysterectomy, pneumonia, COPD, bronchitis, asthma; heart failure, chest pain, cardiac cath, bypass, stent, heart transplant; mental health, psychiatric hospitalization, depression; alcohol rehab; bowel surgery; back problems including spinal fusion and more. Volumes at each hospital are shown. Uses abbreviated medical terms instead of lay language. Does not include surgeon or other physician fees

Utah Gall Bladder Removal costs - Inpatient & Outpatient (2008)

Average Charges for outpatient laparoscopic gall bladder removal surgery in Utah were $6258 in 2006. Price range for hospital ambulatory surgery centers varied from $2841 to nearly $12,000. Volumes and old inpatient prices for gallbladder surgery shown statewide ($13,000 to $40,000 depending on type) and by hospital name for laparoscopy and Open procedures. All patients over age 18, not just Medicare. Report was the first of its kind (but unfortunately not updated) and shows that over 95% of all gall bladder removals were laparoscopic - 3/4 done as outpatients. Utah Dept. of Health

Utah Heart Bypass Surgery, Angioplasty, Heart Attack & Failure, Stroke: Survival & Prices

Compare 2006-2008 survival rates at Utah hospitals for adults for cardiac (heart) bypass surgery (CABG), balloon angioplasty, heart attack, heart failure and stroke. Identify UT hospitals that had the best ratings with fewer deaths than expected. The for-profit (IASIS) Davis Hospital in Layton came up very short in heart failure care. Average 2008 charges for each hospital in the conditions noted above, plus heart catheterization (cardiac cath) and heart valve charges. Prices do not include cardiologist or cardiac surgeon fees, and will soon be 2 years old. Published Dec. 2009 by the Utah Department of Health

Utah Hip and Knee Surgery: Death Rate and Charges (Hospital Prices)  Editor's Pick

Hospital-specific survival rates (actual deaths vs. expected death rate) for hip fracture and hip replacement patients; 3-year period (2006-2008). Average UT hospital charges (2008) shown for hip or knee joint replacement (e.g. $31,678 for 3-day knee replacement stay, except at Dixie where $24,000 is more likely), including bilateral, other hip and femur, knee, lower leg & ankle procedures; hip fracture repair. Caution, prices are about two years old and do not include orthopedic surgeon fees, or other physicians. Published by Utah Dept. of Health Dec. 2009

Utah Inpatient Hospital Charges, 2010 - Utah PricePoint

Utah provides average charges (price) statewide, and on a hospital-specific basis for many common inpatient stays, such as pneumonia, stroke, appendectomy, hip and knee procedures, gall bladder surgery, hysterectomy, heart failure, heart attack, chest pain, coronary bypass, heart valve procedures, vaginal and cesarean deliveries, newborn births, chemotherapy, psychoses, alcohol or drug abuse, rehabilitation, back and neck procedures, digestive disorders, abdominal surgery, nutritional/metabolic problems, transplants and much more. Volumes (2010 data) and length of stay are included; does not include average cost for physicians. Consumers may adjust for 2012 costs by adding 2-year price inflation. As with other PricePoint Systems, view one UT hospital at a time. Utah Hospital Assn

Utah Maternity & Newborns: Compare 2008 Hospital Charges, Patient Safety, Volume  Editor's Pick

Hospital quality ratings for Utah maternity and newborn care cover vaginal delivery and Cesarean Section births. Hospital Patient Safety reports show UT hospitals who performed significantly better than expected for obstetric injuries to the mother's body, and birth injuries to newborns (2006 to 2008). Average 2008 charges (will soon be two years old, so add inflation): Typical Vaginal childbirth cost about $5222 statewide, up 9% from 2007; a c-section was about $8938; newborn care additional $1813 or more. (See specific hospital average prices.) Uses APR-DRGs. Earns Editor's Pick designation for its user-friendliness, willingness to tackle quality and charges in the same report, separately identifying complicated cases, and permitting viewing as html web pages, instead of requiring downloads of big reports. Does not show how many (if any) of the nearly 12,000 c-sections were elective under 39 weeks gestation. Report updated Dec. 2009 by Utah Dept. of Health

Utah Pneumonia Hospitalizations, Quality and Charges by Hospital  Editor's Pick

Compare survival rates (deaths) for pneumonia (all adults, not only Medicare) and average 2008 pneumonia charges (a proxy for prices or average cost) by hospital name. Fifteen UT hospitals (including VA Medical) had superior performance. Charges are grouped by severity level of illness. The Web Page format is extremely user-friendly. Quality ratings use 3 years of data 2006-2008. Updated Dec. 2009

Utah Stroke Deaths, Hospital Survival Rates and Costs

Hospital-specific survival rates for stroke compared to expected deaths. Eight UT hospitals (incl. VA Medical) had statistically fewer deaths than expected for adults ages 18 and over, 2006-2008 data. Average death rate statewide declined to 9.2% for the three years. Typical prices at individual hospitals shown. Average 2008 hospital charges were about $14,000 for two-thirds of patients, $22,146 for the remaining more severely ill group, up 12%. Web page also shows Heart Care reports. Published by Utah Dept. of Health (UDOH) Dec. 2009

Vermont - 2012 Hospital Report Cards (Act 53)  Editor's Pick

Vermont calls these ratings Act 53 report cards, in honor of legislation passed in 2003, requiring VT hospitals to publish annual community reports about hospital quality, safety, financial health, costs for services and more. This government site links to all of the data, including outpatient prices. Health conditions include heart care, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention, central line associated bloodstream infection rates, hysterectomy infections, knee replacement and hip replacement infection rates, volume and death rates for resection of esophagus or of pancreas (usually for cancer), pediatric heart surgery, abdominal aneurysm repair (AAA), & more. This site earns Editor's Pick for putting Composite Quality Ratings, Survival Rate information, links to patient satisfaction and current medical prices all on the same same web page for easy access. Well done. Nurse staffing also available.

Vermont - Inpatient Hospital Average Prices, 2009 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Report shows average prices (charges) for each VT hospital's most frequent inpatient admissions - includes newborn delivery, cesarean section, pneumonia, total hip or knee replacement, depression, psychoses such as schizophrenia, COPD & emphysema, heart failure, chest pain, rehabilitation, stomach problems, appendectomy, hysterectomy, bowel, TURP and other surgery; stent, heart cath, heart rhythm problems, back problems, kidney or urinary tract infection, and other hospital stays. All common hospital admissions were more than $5000. Compare costs on 55 different types of cases, listed by MS-DRG. Links to hospital discount policies for consumers with cost concerns; 2007-2008 average charges

Virginia Hospitals - Inpatient Charges (PricePoint System)

Check prices (charges), volume, and average length of hospital stay for 64 types of hospitalizations, representing about half of all hospital stays in Virginia. No side-by-side comparisons; select one hospital at a time, as with other PricePoint systems. Topics include costs for childbirth, delivery, newborn, C-Section; mental health, depression, psychiatric, alcohol rehab; hip or knee surgery; heart failure, chest pain, cardiac cath, bypass, heart transplant, pacemaker, valve, stent; pneumonia, rehabilitation, digestive disorders, small or large bowel surgery, back and neck problems, spinal fusion, bone cancer and more. Includes state and regional average charges. Provided by the VA Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA); 2009 data

Washington (state) Hospital Inpatient Prices

Find out the typical charges (2010-2011 prices) to estimate the average cost of hospital surgery or medical problems. About 60 types, including maternity care, psychiatric hospitalization and digestive problems, are covered. Shows one hospital at a time similar to other state pricepoint systems. Presented by the WA State Hospital Association (WSHA)

Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality - Hospital Inpatient Ratings & Prices

Compare hospital performance ratings for Surgery (including heart valves, gastric bypass [weight loss], angioplasty [PCI]), Heart Care, Maternity Care, Pneumonia, computerized physician orders to prevent medication errors, ICU staffing and more. Over 20 hospitals participate. Shows charges (average 2008 price) for some heart care, knee replacement, childbirth delivery, and pneumonia care; includes Leapfrog, CMS/Joint Commission measures. Some 2009 data. WCHQ report

Wisconsin Hospitals PricePoint (Average Inpatient Prices)

Average charge and length of stay for common hospitalizations including maternity and newborn births, hip or knee replacement surgery, gallbladder removal, heart surgery, angioplasty, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), valves, cardiac cath, pacemaker, pneumonia, bipolar and other mental health, stroke, asthma, back care, asthma, COPD, rehab; kidney, heart, lung or other transplant; hysterectomy, prostate surgery, bowel surgery & more; Top 25 shown in a short report for each hospital. From WHA Information Center, part of the Wisconsin Hospital Association, using 2011-2012 data. Last year's charges are currently the closest information consumers are able to find about average costs; surgeon fees NOT included. It takes a few screens, but you can compare four hospitals (anywhere in the state) at one time. Wisc. Hospital Assn. created the PricePoint System now used in other states. Also shows charity care and inpatient volumes

Wyoming Hospital PricePoint - compare hospital costs

Compare inpatient charges in Wyoming for 60 common types of hospital admissions, like childbirth, joint replacement, surgery, heart valves or stents, pneumonia, rehab, and many more. Average cost in WY is also shown. Site shows one hospital at a time, and uses clinical names instead of layperson language for the illnesses. WyoPricePoint launched Feb. 2011 by the Wyoming Hospital Association, with 2009-2010 prices

Pennsylvania Total Hip and Knee Replacements FY 2002 (pdf)

June 2005 report by PHC4 shows volume, complication and readmission rates by hospital and by surgeon. Average PA hospital charges also shown, with 2002 prices (excluding surgeon fee) at $26,000 and $28,000 for knees and hips, respectively. Report is now VERY old

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Pennsylvania - Hospital & Ambulatory Surgery Center Financial Reports, 2010 - PHC4

Annual reports on the financial health of PA hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers show facility-specific net patient revenue, total and operating margins. Overall FY10 statewide hospital average operating margin was 4.36%. Shows average length of stay, occupancy rate, and revenue per day ($2208 per day in hospital, $11,528 per discharge), Inpatient charges (prices) are now 377% of actual revenues, or nearly 4 times higher than what hospitals expect to be paid. Volume 1 by PHC4, May 2011

South Carolina - Average Medicaid Payments for Health Care Services - 2007

SC Department of Health & Human Services shows how much the state paid for Medicaid costs, by type of service. Average amount paid per visit (July 2006 to June 2007) is shown statewide for Inpatient Hospital Services ($7500), Clinics ($1168), Nursing Home Facilities ($25,403), Pharmacy, Physicians, Dentists ($266), DME and more. Consumers can also compare what each provider was paid, by clicking on SELECT, although services may differ among Medicaid patients. Full charges (prices) are NOT shown. Medicaid Transparency Reporting project has very slow response time; 2007 latest available as of March 2011

Utah Hospital Charges, Market Share and Case Mix, 2010 (pdf)

This file is for administrators who want to examine UT hospital market share by DRG (62 high volume DRGs) or APR-DRG or MDC, or Average Prices and Length of Stay, or case mix trends from 1999 to 2010. Discharge status (e.g. to home care, or expired, etc.) also provided. Average statewide charges start on page 28; hospital-specific information starts on page 44. Title: 2010 Utah Inpatient Hospital Utilization and Charges Profile - Hospital Detail is 423 pages long; released by UT Health Data Committee, UT Dept. of Health, 2011

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