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Mental Health (MedlinePlus)

Clearinghouse for mental health topics such as What’s Normal, What’s Not? and choosing a psychiatrist (MD) or psychologist (PhD), psycho-therapy, ECT, Making and Keeping friends, and many more. Includes contributions from the American Psychiatric Association, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo, NAMI, National Institute of Mental Health, other experts

Atypical Antipsychotic Medications: Use in Adults

CMS identified issues with using atypical antipsychotic drugs. This fact sheet summarizes FDA-approved product labels for using atypical antipsychotic medications in adults. Such medications include aripiprazole (Abilify), olanzapine, risperidone, clozapine and more. Fact sheet also links to treatment guidelines for these meds in adults. Published October 2015

Child Mental Health (MedlinePlus)

Includes references on mental health medications in children, traumatic stress, questions to ask about psychiatric hospitalization for children and adolescents, selecting a mental health professional, resources for parents

Dual Diagnosis and Treatment: Mental Illness & Substance Abuse Disorder

NAMI – the National Alliance on Mental Illness cites survey that 39% of people with a substance abuse problem in the last year also had a mental illness. Dual diagnosis is also referred to as co-occurring disorders

Find a Psychologist

Easy to use database of thousands of licensed psychologists, from the nonprofit credentialing organization National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

Five Most Costly Children’s Conditions, 2012 (2015 pdf)

Asthma/COPD, acute bronchitis, trauma-related disorders, mental disorders, and infectious diseases were identified as the top 5 most costly illnesses for children up to age 17, in 2012. Medical expenditures (payments) according to MEPS data (household component) show average costs were $290 for bronchitis, $690 for asthma (16% of which was out of pocket), $1142 per trauma patient, $499 for infectious diseases and $2195 for mental health care (10% out of pocket). Average out of pocket payments by consumers ranged from 9% to 16% of these expenditures. Mental health accounted for $13.9 billion in payments in 2012. AHRQ Statistical Brief 472, April 2015

Five Most Costly Medical Conditions, 2012 (2015 pdf)

Cancer, arthritis, trauma-related disorders, mental disorders, and heart conditions were identified as the top 5 most costly illnesses for adults ages 18 to 64 in 2012. For seniors, COPD and asthma replaced mental disorders. Medical expenditures (payments) according to MEPS data (household component) show average costs (ages 18-64) were $8125 for a cancer patient, $4852 for an adult with heart disease, $2603 per trauma patient, $1727 for mental health care, and $1909 for someone with arthritis. Average out of pocket payments by consumers not shown. AHRQ Statistical Brief 471, April 2015

Impaired Healthcare Executives: Ethical Policy Statement

The American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) recognizes that impairment, defined broadly to include alcoholism, substance abuse, chemical dependency, mental/emotional instability, or cognitive impairment is a significant problem that crosses all societal boundaries. ACHE’s policy position revised Nov. 2017

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Hospitalization Costs

See Statistical Briefs #191 (adults) and 202 (teenagers) for information about hospitalizations for mental health and substance abuse problems in 2012. Average length of stay for mental health alone was 8.3 days (adult) and 6.8 days for teens. Most adults were admitted through emergency room (ED). Estimated true cost, in 2012 dollars, for a mental health stay was $6700 (adults) and $9100 (teens); must be inflated to approximate current prices. Consumers may be surprised to learn that, after pregnancy and childbirth, the next most common reason for teens to be hospitalized was Mental Disorders.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families. Site contains information for consumers and access to support systems, including online discussion groups

Support Groups for Mental Illness Editor's Pick

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a good web site listing and linking local NAMI affiliates across the country for people whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. Has nearly 1000 local affiliates

Teen Mental Health (MedlinePlus)

Includes references on antidepressants and other psychiatric medications for adolescents and young adults, teen suicide, bipolar disorder in teens and children, anxiety disorders, the definition of a Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation, contributions by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and other experts

See Also Consumer Health Ratings – Average Costs & Prices – Compare Hospital Charges Editor's Pick

See our main category on Costs to see how specific hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers or clinics COMPARE on average prices or charges for many surgeries, hospitalizations, procedures and outpatient tests. The LEARN MORE listings show general average costs in your region if available

See also Consumer Health Ratings – Ratings, Report Cards and Credentials – Compare Quality Editor's Pick

See our main page for public reporting of quality ratings and comparisons for individual hospitals, nursing homes, health insurance plans, and other health care services. Check your physician’s credentials and doctor’s license in this category

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Accredited Healthcare Facilities – Joint Commission Accreditation (all states) Editor's Pick

The Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO – Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) accredits hospitals and other healthcare organizations. Quality Check provides accreditation and comparison information for hospitals, home health/hospice, laboratories, some nursing homes (called nursing care centers) & assisted living centers, and other health care services. Click on View Report and National Quality Improvement Goals to see actual scores for acute care hospitals 2016-2017

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 emergency department, heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, stroke, delivery 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 2014; Quality and Patient Satisfaction scores reflect 2015 ratings

Average Cost of Common Hospital Stays, 2011 (HCUP)

Learn about the average cost per stay for the 20 conditions with the highest total inpatient costs in 2011. Includes newborn baby ($3300), septicemia ($18,600), osteoarthritis ($15,400), coronary atherosclerosis ($17,200), acute myocardial infarction (heart attack, $18,900), congestive heart failure ($10,900), pneumonia ($9500), stroke ($14,000), COPD ($7800, physical rehab ($13,100), diabetes with complications ($9600), hip fracture ($15,400), mood disorders ($15,400) and more. Average for all diagnoses was $10,000. These numbers are estimated costs, NOT prices. Statistical Brief #168 from Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, AHRQ Dec. 2013. No updates available

Behavioral Health Facility Locator Editor's Pick

Find a treatment clinic or facility for mental health, alcohol, drug, and substance abuse treatment. Search up to a 200-mile radius or more, including crossing state lines. The Detailed search allows specifying outpatient, inpatient, residential treatment, or a mix of mental health and substance abuse services, and permits a full national search. May filter out smoking or nonsmoking locations. Site by the federal Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Behavioral Health Recommendations from AHA (pdf)

American Hospital Association recommendations to hospitals for planning and operating mental health and substance abuse programs, issued September 2007. 16 pages

California – 2017-18 HMO, PPO, & Medical Group Ratings Report Card Editor's Pick

Compare 10 largest California HMO health insurance plans: Aetna Health, Anthem Blue Cross HMO, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente Northern and Southern CA regions, Sharp, United Healthcare and Western Health Advantage. Compare 6 PPOs: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net Life Insurance Company, United Healthcare. Clear, simple star system (4 stars = excellent; 3 stars = good, 2 stars = fair; 1 star = poor) used for overall rating. Actual performance scores are not given, but may be available through NCQA. Quality measures (based on HEDIS scores) for asthma, cancer screening, child health, chlamydia screening, diabetes, heart care, maternity care, behavioral and mental health, and other expected care. Member satisfaction stars also shown. Complaint rates reported for health plans in a separate report. More than 200 Medical Group ratings also provided by county for the larger groups of doctors. Prepared by the California state Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA), published October 2017

California – Average Inpatient and Outpatient Hospital Prices, 2016

Find prices for CA hospitals including Kaiser and Shriners. Inpatient prices are listed in the complicated Charge Master, which shows the charge for every pill, lab test and hospital room rate. MRI and CT tests should be included. More useful are the outpatient files (look for Common25 in the filename), which list the average cost (charge) for top 25 types of outpatient procedures or surgery with CPT code). Hospital Outpatient reports may show prices for Emergency Dept. visit, lab tests, CT, MRI, Mammo, x-ray, ultrasound, PT visit, Arthroscopy, colonoscopy, hernia repair, gall bladder removal, etc., depending on their highest volume. Files are in Excel file format. Prices are from June 2016. Consumers can see one hospital at a time

CDC Injury Facts – CDC Injury Center

Traumatic brain injury/concussion (2.5 million TBI-related ER visits each year), prescription drug overdose (opioids killing more than 42,000 people in 2016), falls, mass casualties, alcohol-related injuries, distracted driving injuries, teen drivers and car accidents, fires and burn injuries, motor vehicle crashes, poisoning, suicide, and violence, and prevention opportunities and more

Consumer Guide to Prevention – UPSTF Recommendations Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for 94 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Individual Consumer Guides for all different types of cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, speech and language disorders, hearing loss, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, abdominal aortic aneurysm, sexually transmitted disease, osteoporosis, and much more. Counseling for alcohol misuse, diet and physical activity. Updated 2018. the USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine

Cost of an Office Visit, 2013 (MEPS)

Average cost paid (payments) for an office-based physician visit in 2013 was $228. For primary care (family medicine, internists and general practice) the average was$166. Pediatrics came in at $161; psychiatry at $143,Derm at $221, OB/GYN was $227 per visit. Specialists in Ophthalmology were $253, but Orthopedics and Cardiology jumped to $302 and 303 respectively. Other specialists (as a group) averaged $310. Median or typical expenses were considerably lower at $108 overall, and $103 for primary care, $100 for psychiatry and ranging up to $124 median for dermatology. Mean out of pocket expense for primary care was $42 for primary care, if the patient had some responsibility. Statistical Brief #484, pub. Nov. 2015 by AHRQ using MEPS data

England NHS and Independent Hospitals – Health Care Quality

Compare results for NHS Trusts and Independent hospitals of all types in England. CareQuality Commission provides inspection ratings of Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate. Overall Rating shown, as are how well the hospitals met standards for Safe, Effective, Caring, Responsive and Well-Led. Inspection reports current through 2018

Louisiana Hospital Ratings and Prices – LA Hospital Inform

Find range of charges for Medicare patients at Louisiana hospitals, both inpatient and outpatient. Hospital-specific inpatient charges do not include childbirth or C-section, since it’s Medicare only. Find hip or knee surgery prices, gall bladder removal, psychiatric admission, rehab, heart problems, stent, stomach problems, stroke, GI hemorrhage, kidney failure, COPD, pneumonia, diabetes, bowel surgery, more; outpatient Medicare prices include ER visits, heart tests such as cardiac cath, EKG, heart imaging, valve repair; CAT scan or CT angiography, GI endoscopy, more. Quality scores and volumes (which cover all patients), are similar to those at HospitalCompare, but may be less current (2015). Louisiana Hospital Inform is sponsored by the Louisiana Hospital Association; Price ranges from 2015 (outpatient and inpatient)

Maine – Average Charge for Hospital and Doctor Visits (2015-2016)

Typical vaginal delivery costs (charges) in Maine in 2015 to Dec. 31, 2016, averaged $11,707 for Childbirth delivery and 60 days of related care. (Does include physician care, but probably not newborn charges). Add $9000 for an uncomplicated C-Section. A few other charges by hospital, for hip or knee joint replacement, arthroscopy and gall bladder surgery. Find many median (middle) prices here physician office visits ($97 average cost for 15-minute appt for an established patient 99213), CT, MRI, x-ray, lab tests and more. Uses CPT codes. From Maine Health Data Organization in State of Maine

Maryland HMO & Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2017

Compare Aetna, CareFirst BlueChoice, CFMI & GHMSI; Cigna, Kaiser Permanente, KPIC, MAMSI, MD-IPA, Optimum Choice and United Healthcare on member satisfaction (CAHPS), getting appointments, flu shots, and many clinical measures of care such as Diabetes, breast cancer screening, behavioral health, well child care. Check both Consumer Ratings & Clinical Ratings. Other Medicaid HealthChoice plans (Amerigroup, JAI, Maryland Physicians Care, Medstar, Priority Partners, University of MD Health Partners) are listed separately. 2017 Performance Report by Maryland Health Care Commission uses 2016 data

Maryland Hospital Prices, 2017

Compare volume and average charges (prices) at each MD hospital (by name) and statewide for 25 most common inpatient diagnoses (severity adjusted using APR-DRGs) – including newborns (avg. $2068), childbirth vaginal delivery ($7576), c-section (avg. $9646), heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, pneumonia, COPD, septicemia, cellulitis ($8578), knee joint replacement (avg. $22,046), major depression ($10,362), bipolar admissions ($9537 state avg), schizophrenia ($13,047) stroke, urinary tract infections ($8457) and rehabilitation ($25,161). Data from 2017. State average not included for things like cancer, hysterectomy, digestive problems, but may be available for individual hospitals. Each hospital reports its top 100 types of cases. By MD Health Care Commission MHCC 2018

Minnesota – Hospital Price Check (Inpatient & Outpatient)

Hospital-specific prices (charges) for all inpatient hospitalizations (described in medical terms) and top 25 same-day surgery procedures in MN. Find average and median inpatient cost (before discounts) and volume 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. Compare 3 hospitals, one procedure at a time; excludes doctor charges; by Minnesota Hospital Association, 2016 prices

Minnesota: How Much Does It Cost? (word doc)

Short document from the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, 2007, displays average charges (from 2006) for nearly 40 common medical treatments (including endoscopy, ear tubes, tonsillectomy, having a baby, hysterectomy), using Minnesota data. An interesting comparison is the cost for the same problem (e.g. sore throat or ear ache), depending on whether the patient seeks office care, urgent care or ER care. This report adds together charges from both the hospital and the physician – not commonly seen in reports of charges. In a time when price data are so difficult to get, even this old report is worthwhile as a starting point. After all, did you know that an acute asthma attack visit to the ER could cost nearly $1000, pediatric ear tubes might cost at least $4200, or that a colonoscopy could be a $2300 question? (And this was BEFORE 12 years of steady price increases!)

Missouri Typical Inpatient and ER Charges and Hospital-Specific Volumes

Click on Find a Hospital, then Pricing Data to find Median charges for common inpatient medical conditions and surgeries at Missouri hospitals. Range of charges, average length of stay, and number of cases per year shown. Childbirth, maternity, mental health, hip and knee surgery, heart care, etc. Must know the general body system (such as musculoskeletal) in order to search inpatient prices. Emergency department prices are separately shown by level. 2016 prices

MN Physician fees, office visit cost, colonoscopy, more

Find how much physicians charge for over 100 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 claims through BCBS, Health Partners, Medica, and Preferred One in 2016. Unclear if it’s price before or after discounts

Montana Hospital Inpatient Charges – Compare Prices

Montana PricePoint shows median and average charges at MT hospitals for inpatient stays (2016 prices), including newborns, deliveries, Cesarean section, knee or hip replacement, rehab, psychiatric hospitalization, back problems, heart failure, stent, chest pain, bowel surgery, more. Length of stay also shown. An admission for Psychoses averaged 6.3 days with a median charge of $10,400 and average $13,838 in 2016. Joint replacement was $39,052 average, 5.1 day stay. PricePoint site by MHA-An Association of Montana Health Care Providers

Nebraska Hospital PricePoint System (Inpatient Charges)

Find average price and typical charges for most types of inpatient hospital stays in NE. Example of hospitalizations: maternity prices, angioplasty, heart surgery, some cancer services, hip & knee surgery, bowel surgery, kidney and other transplants, pneumonia, stroke, UTI, gall bladder surgery (inpatient only). If you can’t find it, check the comprehensive list (e.g. MDC 19 for mental health). Bipolar admission cost about $15,000 on average in 2016. 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; 2016 data. All cities including Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Creighton, Norfolk, Kearney. NHA Care Compare is sponsored by the Nebraska Hospital Association

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; 2014 charges shown. Must inflate and add physician fees to estimate 2018 average costs. Sponsored by the Nevada Hospital Association

New Jersey 2016 HMO Performance Report – Compare plans

Compare six health insurance companies (HMO/POS and PPO/EPO) from Aetna, AmeriHealth, CIGNA, Horizon, Oxford and United, on quality ratings related to asthma, COPD, cancer screening, heart care, hypertension, diabetes, new moms, immunizations, mental health; frequency of imaging tests for lower back pain, cardiac cath and tonsillectomies; well child care, more. Easy to read; fast response. Pub. by NJ Dept. of Banking and Insurance, May 2017

Oklahoma – Average Hospital Inpatient Charges

Find the average charge (closest available to inpatient cost) for a hospital stay (compare hospitals) by Principal Diagnosis (i.e., disease) or DRG. Statewide or county-specific statistics on volume and average length of stay also found in this dataset. May specify data for a certain age group and sex. Geared to researchers and health care professionals, rather than for consumers. If this website was meant for consumers, it would get the User-Unfriendly Award due to its complicated diagnosis choice sections. 2014 data are the most recent available from OK2SHARE by the OK State Dept. of Health’s Health Care Information

PatientsLikeMe Online support: All conditions

Huge resource. Online support communities of patients helping patients with health conditions related to ALS, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis; Depression, Bipolar, OCD, PTSD and other mental health conditions; Fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s Disease, more. Search by condition or age & sex. Commercial venture where any person can contribute information, including side effects of prescription drugs. Organization costs covered by partnerships with pharmaceutical and medical device companies, and others. Read the privacy policy. Information is publicly and privately shared

Psychiatric Hospitals and Medical Centers

This unofficial list of psychiatric hospitals has been prepared by The Agape Center in Columbus, Georgia. Contains direct links to hospital websites. List may be helpful even if not complete

Rhode Island – Top Ratings for Health Insurance Plans (NCQA)

Tufts Associated HMO plan earned the top 5.0 rating from NCQA. Based on Quality, Member Satisfaction and accreditation results. 2017-2018 Ratings

South Dakota Charges for Inpatient Hospital Stays – 2016

Find out and compare SD hospitals on 2016 average charges, or median (typical) price. After you select one hospital, you can see the average charge in all of South Dakota (e.g. avg $4714 for normal newborn, or $3682 median. Vaginal delivery for mom was $9948 average, and $9203 median. C-section average $21,448.) All common hospitalizations shown, such as births and maternity delivery, knee replacement (average price about $46,000), heart failure, pneumonia, bowel procedures, COPD, angioplasty, kidney transplants (median $232,218), inpatient laparoscopic gallbladder removal (avg $44,342, but $44k to $46k avg. in Sioux Falls) and much more. Also shows volume and length of stay. PricePoint site sponsored by SDAHO (hospital association)

Texas – Guide to Texas HMO Quality 2017 (OPIC)

Lengthy (270 pages) but valuable report showing detailed clinical quality comparisons between HMO health insurance plans for indicators such as asthma, childhood immunizations, cancer screening, heart care, high blood pressure, diabetes care, prenatal care, mental health care, flu shots, antibiotic utilization rates, rates of physician board certification, and more. Compare HMOs Aetna, Allegian, Cigna, Community First, Community Health Choice, FIRSTCARE, HMO Blue Texas, Humana, Molina, Scott and White, Superior and United Healthcare of Texas. Pub. by TX Office of Public Insurance Council

Texas PricePoint – Compare Hospital Inpatient Charges (Prices)

If you are looking for average cost of hospital care or surgery, the 2015-2016 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

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2017: Psychiatry Rankings

McLean Hospital (Belmont, MA) and Mass General lead the 2017 best psychiatric hospitals list. Reputation scores only were used by US News & World Report to select these 12 hospitals. Listings address short-term acute hospital psychiatric admissions, rather than long-term residential care

Utah HMO Health Insurance Plan 2017 Ratings

Compare Utah HMOs – health insurance plans Aetna, Altius, Cigna, Deseret, Educators Mutual EMI, Humana, PEHP, Regence Blue Cross BS, SelectHealth, Tall Tree, United Healthcare, and Medicaid plans (Healthy U, Molina, SelectHealth CHIP, Utah FFS) on member satisfaction, antidepressant medications, back pain, cancer screening, and high blood pressure; diabetes, prenatal & maternity, preventive care, well-child visits & immunizations, and more. Shows actual performance rates. 2017 Performance Report published by utah.gov using 2016 data

Utah Inpatient Hospital Charges, 2014 – 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. To find psych admission costs, for example, you will need to click on LOOKUP. Volumes (2014 data) and length of stay are included; does not include average cost for physicians. Consumers may adjust for 2018 costs by adding 4-year price inflation. As with other PricePoint Systems, view one UT hospital at a time. Utah Hospital Assn

VA Hospitals – Directives and Standards

VHA Directives for a five year period are linked here. Wide variety of subjects, including mental health, suicide risk training, adverse drug event reporting. Directives that may have expired, such as transgender services, may still be available for reference at the site. Responsibilities are clearly outlined

Vermont – Inpatient Hospital Average Prices, 2015 (pdf)

2017 Hospital Report Card shows average prices (gross charges) for each VT hospital’s most frequent inpatient admissions – includes newborn delivery (nomal newborn $2920; newborn with medical problems = $4984), cesarean section ($15,000 to $19,000), average vaginal delivery $8563 without complications; pneumonia, total hip or knee replacement (average $42,898), depression  (average $11,778), psychoses such as schizophrenia (average $31,105), COPD & emphysema, heart failure, chest pain, rehabilitation, heart rhythm problems, back problems, kidney or urinary tract infection, and other hospital stays. All common hospital admissions except newborns averaged more than $10,300 statewide. Spinal fusion about $64,000. Compare costs on nearly 60 different types of cases, listed by MS-DRG. Links to hospital discount policies for consumers with cost concerns; 2014-2015 average charges

Virginia – Compare HMOs (Quality and Satisfaction) Editor's Pick

Easy to use tool to compare insurance plan ratings: Aetna, CareFirst BlueChoice, HealthKeepers (Peninsula & Priority), Innovation Health Plan, Kaiser Mid-Atlantic, Optima, Optimum Choice, United Healthcare MidAtlantic and River Valley. Choose measures for access, asthma, ADHD, heart, diabetes, arthritis, immunizations, medications, mental health care (best plan for 7-day follow-up is Kaiser at 70%, compared to HealthKeepers e.g. at just 47%), preventive care, spirometry for COPD, prenatal, maternity and newborn care; weight assessment, well child visits and childhood illnesses, member satisfaction for 2016 and more. Also includes Board certification rates for some types of physicians, number of enrollees, and financial data. Of note, the largest plan HealthKeepers, was also the lowest rated in member satisfaction.

Washington (state) Hospital Inpatient Prices

Find out the typical charges (2016 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 – HMO Health Plan Quality and Consumer Satisfaction Graphs

View graphs comparing rates for breast cancer screening, cervical cancer screening, diabetes care / eye exams, follow-up for mental illness, time spent with physician, children’s visits to primary care providers, and overall rating of health insurance plans: Dean, Group Health Coop, Gundersen Lutheran, Humana, Medical Associates, Medica, MercyCare HMO, Network, Physicians Plus, UnitedHealthcare, Unity, WPS and more. 2015 data, updated January 2017 by State of WI, OCI

Wisconsin Hospitals PricePoint (Average Inpatient Prices)

Median 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, back care, asthma, COPD, rehab; kidney, heart, lung or other transplant; hysterectomy, prostate surgery, bowel surgery & more. Also shows inpatient volumes if you click on more detail. From WHA Information Center, part of the Wisconsin Hospital Association WHA Information Center. Surgeon fees NOT included, nor are dates shown. Compare hospitals by city (anywhere in the state by adding cities). Wisc. Hospital Assn. created the PricePoint System now used in other states; this version has been modified to be payer-specific.

Wyoming Hospital PricePoint – compare hospital costs

Compare inpatient charges in Wyoming for 60 common types of hospital admissions, like childbirth, hip or knee joint replacement, surgery, heart valves or stents, pneumonia, psychiatric admission, 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 by the Wyoming Hospital Association, shows 2013-2014 prices

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