All kinds of imaging tests are described here - angiograms, colonoscopy and colonography, x-ray guided biopsy, mammography, MRI, CAT scans, head CT, ultrasound, bone densitometry, calcium scoring, some cancer treatments and hundreds more. RadiologyInfo™ is the public information Web site of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). It informs the public about diagnostic radiology and interventional procedures, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy
Short description of EEG tests, and other brain imaging tests such as CT or MRI scans, that may be ordered for testing for seizures. The Epilepsy Foundation is a major nonprofit organization
Technical report from CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) states that screening mammography can reduce mortality from breast cancer by ~20-35% in women ages 50 to 69, and about 20% for ages 40 to 49. Opportunity to increase survival rate. Jan. 2007
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends AGAINST screening for asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis (CAS) in the general adult population. The Task Force concluded that for individuals with asymptomatic CAS the benefits of screening (e.g. by duplex ultrasound) do not outweigh the harms, since both the testing strategy (angiography) and the treatment with carotid endarterectomy can cause harm. Stroke risk is addressed.
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Average 2014 Medicare costs for certain outpatient procedures commonly performed in hospitals, listed by county and state, as well as US overall average Medicare payment. Files are detailed and complicated, not user-friendly.
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 2014. Consumers can see one hospital at a time
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Find the average price for 30 types of hospital outpatient charges to Medicare patients. Includes Level 2 through Level 5 hospital clinic Visits (average charge from $148 to $362, with discounts in the 45% to 50% range.) All other procedures (APCs) such as Endoscopy, nerve injections, ultrasound, EKG, MRI, Pulmonary Tests, Cardiac Imaging, Sleep Studies, Excision/ Biopsy, or Debridement, have Medicare discounts from 66% to 96% off the charges. Example: Medicare paid $346 (including patient portion) on an average charge of $2588 for an MRI in CY 2011. Each state's average is also shown. In a separate Excel file, find the average charge by hospital (excluding Critical Access Hospitals). Difficult to use, from CMS
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)
Typical vaginal delivery costs (charges) in Maine in 2014 to March 2015, averaged $ 11,056 for Childbirth delivery and 60 days of related care. (Does include physician care, but unclear if newborn charges are included). 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, CT, MRI, x-ray, lab tests and more. Uses CPT codes. From Maine Health Data Organization in State of Maine
Maine Health Data Organization's website shows average charges (median prices) for surgery such as hip or knee replacement, shoulder arthroscopy, carpal tunnel, gall bladder removal; lab tests such as strep, blood tests, urine. Imaging tests such as 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 listed. Bad news: prices date from 2014-2015. From maine.gov
Overall consumer satisfaction, and Quality Data on common groups of illnesses or conditions for which people are hospitalized in Maryland. Topics include infections, heart conditions, pneumonia, COPD, hip and knee surgery, imaging, stroke, maternity and newborn care, and more. Click on details to see raw scores, since symbols can be confusing. MD Hospital Guide shows 2015-2016 data, pub. by MD Health Care Commission
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
American College of Radiology (ACR) guidance document for safe MR practices, 2013 as published by AJR. Updates the prior 2002 and 2004 white papers and 2007 Guidance. Anyone who remembers the horrific 2001 accident in Valhalla, NY, will want to learn about magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) suite design, personnel screening and three staff classifications, device & object screening, signs & labeling, adverse event prevention, four zones and more
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
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.
Excellent government web site from Nova Scotia Canada showing the wait times for diagnostic tests such as MRIs, CT, bone density scans, mammograms, breast biopsy (needle), ultrasound, and upper GI series. Waiting times for scheduled surgery such as ear tubes, hip or knee replacement, bunionectomy, carpal tunnel, gallbladder removal, heart or valve surgery, hysterectomy, hernia repair, tonsillectomy, and cataract surgery; and how long to get a consult with physician specialists (such as cancer specialists). Hospital and facility information is very recent to 2017
Compare quality of SD hospitals on heart attack, heart failure care, pneumonia, infections and complications in surgery patients, patient satisfaction recommendations, children's asthma (limited data); MRI, Mammogram, CT and other imaging scans; ER care, stroke, hip and knee ratings, some pregnancy & delivery scores. Readmission and survival ratings are also shown for heart and pneumonia. Site by SDAHO (hospital association) generally shows 2012-2013 data. Same data as reported to CMS HospitalCompare (time periods may differ), but here all hospitals are side-by-side. State average, national avg and best 10% scores are shown. Easy to use, can sort to get best scoring hospitals on top
Compare 2015 hospital prices for lab work, x-ray & imaging tests. MRI charges averaged $2518 [pelvis angiography] to $4551 [cervical spine multiple sequences] with physician fee. CT scan of head, neck, face, chest, spine, pelvis, abdomen (overall CT average $1901 to $3005); digital screening mammograms average $552 with physician charge. Specific test prices for urinalysis, glucose, Metabolic Panel ($111 average), lipid panel ($103), PSA (average $143, range 65 to 253), CBC (range $36 to $115), strep test group A ($76, range from $38 to $143), Pap test (69 to 209), pregnancy test (range $27 to $86), 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. 2014, so add inflation to update. Tables 3B through 3I
Find average price PAID for 30 common healthcare services, including hospitalizations (maternity), outpatient xray/imaging, CT and MRI tests; colonoscopy, mammogram; inpatient or ambulatory surgery (e.g. hernia, gall bladder, knee replacement, tonsillectomy, kidney stones); and ER or office visits. Shows facility cost PLUS the surgeon or other physician fees. Each service shows the average allowed amount that you or your insurance plan paid in 2012. More comprehensive than most pricing information. From Virginia Health Information (VHI), updated Dec. 2013