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Arthroscopy - What is It?

Brief summary by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Includes information about rotator cuff procedure, meniscal tears, ACL tears, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other applications of arthroscopic orthopedic surgery

Blue Distinction Centers: Cardiac, Cancer, Hip, Knee, Spine, Bariatric Surgery, Organ Transplants

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have designated national Blue Distinction Centers meeting their standards and selection criteria for bariatric surgery, cardiac (heart) care, organ transplants (e.g. bone marrow/stem cell, heart, lung, liver, pancreas transplants), total knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and hospitals for 13 Complex and Rare Cancers (e.g. pancreatic, liver, bladder, brain, bone, esophageal, leukemia, rectal, thyroid cancer, head & neck, gastric). Detailed quality criteria are not readily disclosed. Lists organized by state for each specialty; updated 2015

Bunions

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons provides a detailed description of bunions, who gets them, surgical treatment options, many pictures and drawings. Does not discuss podiatrists

Find an Orthopedic Surgeon (Orthopaedist)

Find an orthopedic surgeon anywhere in the US. Easy-to-use and informative site, by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).

Glossary - Orthopedic Terms and Definitions  Editor's Pick

Find definitions of terms like arthroscopy and arthroplasty. Very large glossary with short definitions, by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Parts of the body and common problems like fractures or bunions are described (click on tabs on left of the page)

Hip Replacement Surgery (MedlinePlus)

Hip replacement surgery, implants, hip resurfacing, total hip joints, risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)/blood clot, minimally invasive hip surgery, anterior approach; links to a dozen OR-Live videos

Knee Replacement Surgery (MedlinePlus)

Topics: total knee replacement surgery, joint replacement (arthroplasty), revision surgery, conditioning, rehabilitation exercises, and more. Many videos on minimally invasive surgery. We like MedlinePlus so much better than WebMD. It's a service of our National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Knee replacement, Hip replacement, Spinal fusion: Cost, Age, Survival (pdf)

Interesting but old report. Statistical Brief #34 by AHRQ shows national estimated average hospital cost for knee arthroplasty (knee replacement) was $13,200 in 2004 dollars; hip replacement average cost = $14,500, and spinal fusion was $19,600 excluding physician fees. Overall average age for orthopedic inpatient procedures was age 60, but spinal fusion much younger (age 52), and knee replacement (age 66), & hip replacement (age 70) were much higher. Average length of stay (ALOS), survival rates (percent died in hospital) and trends since 1997 also shown. Released July 2007, using 2004 and 2005 data

Managing Pain from a Broken Hip

Short guide from a review of many professional studies on treatments for adults who have pain from a broken hip. Has not been updated to discuss addiction potential from opioids. From AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) May 2011

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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20 Most Expensive Conditions Requiring Hospital Stay, 2011 (pdf)

Septicemia, osteoarthritis, complication of device, implant or graft, childbirth, heart attack (AMI), back problems, pneumonia, congestive heart failure (CHF), coronary atherosclerosis and respiratory failure were the top 10 of a list of 20 health conditions that cost the nation the most in hospital charges in 2011 - to nearly half (47%) of the total national hospital bill. Most expensive condition billed to the uninsured was heart attack (AMI). 12-page Statistical Brief #160 by AHRQ uses 2011 HCUP data; pub. Aug. 2013

Ambulatory Surgery Average Charges in U.S. Hospitals, 2007

Find average prices for about 80 outpatient ambulatory surgery procedures done in hospitals in 2007 (excluding surgeon's or other physician fees.) Average colonoscopy & biopsy price then was $2369; upper GI endoscopy $3131; cataract & lens was $4870; tonsillectomy $5286; knee cartilage $7357; hernia repair $8187; outpatient gallbladder removal (cholecystectomy) $10,838; breast biopsy $3863; lumpectomy $7458; ear tube surgery (myringotomy) $3547; D&C $6366; arthroscopy $8970; incontinence procedures $9929; vericose veins $8459; bunionectomy $7699; wrist fracture $7807; $4770 for circumcision. Consumers will need to adjust the 2007 prices to estimate 2018 costs; possibly add 35-40% for a rough estimate. Overall average was $6100, compared to nearly $40,000 for inpatient surgery. AHRQ Statistical Brief #86 published February 2010 unfortunately still has not been updated. No longer Editor's Pick

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, 2009 (HCUP)

Learn about the average cost per stay for the 20 conditions with the highest total inpatient costs in 2009. Includes newborn baby ($2800), septicemia ($18,500), osteoarthritis ($14,800), coronary atherosclerosis ($16,100), acute myocardial infarction (heart attack, $18,200), congestive heart failure ($10,400), pneumonia ($9000), stroke ($13,400), COPD ($7400, physical rehab ($11,800), diabetes with complications ($8700), hip fracture ($14,300), heart valve disorders ($36,700) and more. Average for all diagnoses was $9200. These numbers are estimated costs, NOT prices. From Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, AHRQ Oct. 2011. No updates available

Average Medicare Payments for Hospital Outpatient Services

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.

California - Average Costs for Inpatient Surgery, 2014

Compare charges (price) among Calif. hospitals for 37 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, TULIP, heart valve replacement, PTCA angioplasty, heart bypass CABG, endarterectomy, thyroidectomy, bladder tumor removal, 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, 2014 prices

California - Average Inpatient and Outpatient Hospital Prices, 2014

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

California Hospital Quality: Survival Rates and Mortality Ratings 2015 (pdf)  Editor's Pick

Find risk-adjusted mortality (death) rates for each CA hospital, and the number of inpatient cases in 2015. Calif. statewide mortality rate for hip fracture was 2.0%, pneumonia 3.3%, PCI (angioplasty) 3.4%, heart attack (AMI) 5.9%, heart failure 2.9%, stroke 8.7%, GI hemorrhage (bleed) 2.3%, craniotomy 7.1%, esophageal resection 4.3%, abdominal aortic aneurysm repair 1.3%, pancreatic resection 2.6%, and carotid endarterectomy was 0.5%. Report by Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (oshpd) shows whether hospitals were similar to state average, or significantly better or significantly worse survival rates; pub. May 2017

CareChex America's Top Quality Hospitals 2015

Lists of top 10% hospitals in specialties such as cancer care, cardiac surgery, inpatient gall bladder surgery, GI care, general surgery, hip fractures, joint replacement, organ transplants, spinal fusion, stroke care, and more. Methodology does not disclose dates covered by the data. Announcing award-winning hospitals requires license fee to be paid. CareChex is a division of Comparion Medical Analytics, a for-profit information company, which appears to be a competitor to HealthGrades

Colorado 2016 Hospital Charges and Insurance Payments

Find average 2016 cost across CO for more than 50 types of hospitalizations. Click on View Reimbursement by Diagnosis or Insurance Provider to see average total charge, and what the insurance company reimbursement is. While the patient's responsibility is not shown, we appreciate the transparency between prices and amounts paid. Example: Major joint replacement without complications priced at $77,000 had an average insurance payment of $27,520. Uncomplicated delivery was priced over $15,000, with insurance companies paying $7377. Similar for newborns - $5000 average price, insurance paid $2500. Consumers are also able to see actual hospital prices (Click View Hospital Charges, then select procedure). Example: Average price for major joint replacement at hospitals that performed at least 100 procedures, ranged from $38,386 in Montrose, to $134,232 at Presbyterian St Lukes in Denver; midrange price across hospitals was about $71,000. Published by the State Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Insurance, and Colorado Hospital Association

Colorado Hospital & Ambulatory Surgery Infection Rates 2017

CO Dept. of Public Health (CDPHE) reports patient infections in health facilities, including hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis centers. Infection Rates are compared to national average, on surgical site infections for cardiac,colon, breast, hip replacement, knee replacement surgery, outpatient hernia repair, hysterectomy, catheter associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in adult or neonatal ICU, critical care units & long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs), and dialysis treatment centers (DTCs). If a facility is significantly better or worse, it's highlighted. 2016 data

Colorado Hospital Quality Ratings, Report Card

Click on Hospital Quality Report at the Report Card Website by the Colorado Hospital Association. See hospital-specific data on mortality (survival rates) and volume. Mortality Measures show survival rate information for heart care (heart failure, heart attack AMI), pneumonia, stroke, hip fracture, or bleeding stomach (GI). Compare CO hospitals on Patient Safety bedsores (pressure sores/ decubitus ulcer), post-surgical blood clots (DVT, PE), sepsis (bloodstream infections) and falls. Volumes and infections for six procedures (hysterectomy, breast surgery, colon surgery, cardiac bypass CABG, hip or knee replacement). 2016 data, all patients. Nurse staffing information also provided

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

CPT and ICD-9 CM Codes for Outpatient Surgical Procedures (pdf)

Includes procedure codes for outpatient colonoscopy, laparoscopy & laparoscopic surgery including hysteroscopy and cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal), breast biopsy & surgery such as reconstruction, hernia repair, liposuction, facial surgery such as blepharoplasty, and knee arthroscopy. Geared to people with coding or clinical knowledge. June 2006 by Virginia Health Information (vhi.org)

Florida Inpatient Hospital Ratings, Price Range, Satisfaction, Readmissions

Search condition, readmission rates, infections, volume, length of stay and range of charges (price range), 2016-2017 data. 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. Patient satisfaction results also shown. Definitions at this site are not always easy to find. Click on the hospital name to additional information about the hospital. Hysterectomy listed under Women's Health instead of Surgery. FloridaHealthFinder.gov

Florida Outpatient Surgery Prices & Visit Volume (2017 data)  Editor's Pick

Compare hospitals and ambulatory surgery volumes and range of charges (average cost is not shown) for common adult and pediatric outpatient surgery procedures, by hospital or surgical center name. Includes arthroscopy, cataracts, laser eye procedures, cardiac catheterization, pacemaker, upper GI & lower GI endoscopy, colonoscopy, hernia repair, hysteroscopy, tonsil removal, lithotripsy, skin biopsy, bunion removal, pediatric circumcision and more. You might be surprised to find outpatient hernia repair prices averaged $10,366 to $25,071, but individual hospitals ranged from $942 to $74,000 (ages 18 to 64, Level 1). Level 2 statewide range was $15,000 to $37,000; individual hospitals were as high as $71,000. Links to inspection reports. FloridaHealthFinder.gov 2016-2017 data

HealthGrades Women's Care and Women's Health Awards

HealthGrades lists its 5-star hospitals (Excellence Awards) in women's health defined as cardiovascular and bone & joint care; and women's care defined as labor & delivery and gynecologic procedures. Uses 2011-2013 Medicare data for 2015 cardiovascular and orthopedic ratings. Uses 2012-2014 data from 17 states for the maternity ratings.

Hospital Compare - at medicare.gov (all states) Hospital star ratings, complications  Editor's Pick

Federal government gives 1 to 5 stars and compares hospital ratings for heart attack (AMI), heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, stroke, hip & knee, preventing surgery infections, timeliness of Emergency (ER) dept., use of medical imaging in 2016 to 2017. Includes death rate comparisons from heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, COPD, stroke, CABG; and return to hospital (readmission) rates. Click on Timely & Effective Care, or Complications. Shows 2016 volume and patient satisfaction HCAHPS ratings from 2016-2017. Some info on colonoscopies and cataracts. Editor's Pick because the government standardized broad ratings for all hospitals, and most ratings are based on more than just Medicare patients. However, it is still complicated. Small volume hospitals will not show data for some measures. Be sure to click on Show Graphs or View More Details. Today's stars may reflect older data than shown at the website. Read the fine print

Hospital Ratings at HealthGrades (all states) 2018  Editor's Pick

Hospital Ratings (5-star, 3-star, 1-star) for over 30 diseases & inpatient procedures: Stroke, back surgery, COPD, diabetes, gall bladder surgery (cholecystectomy), bowel obstruction, GI Bleed, hip fracture repair, hip replacement, total knee replacement, prostate removal, TURP, hysterectomy (listed under gynecologic surgeries), respiratory failure, pneumonia, cardiac bypass, heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty, defibrillator, pacemaker, valve surgery, sepsis, pancreatitis, pulmonary embolism, abdominal aneurysm, stomach surgery, peripheral vascular bypass & more. Probably Medicare-only data for most conditions, although some states provide maternity, appendectomy, and bariatric surgery (gastric bypass) data. More extensive list than the federal government's site. Publicly-traded company. Most data in 2018 ratings are from Medicare patients, from 2014 to 2016. Click on More to see 3-year patient volume, and actual mortality or complication rates compared to predicted. Patient satisfaction ratings are featured by HealthGrades. One hospital at time, unfortunately

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 2015 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. Hospital Report Card by IL Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) for all IL cities incl. Chicago area, Peoria, Rockford, Springfield, Champaign. Updated 2017, using 2015 data

Iowa Hospital Inpatient Charges Compare

Iowa Hospital Charges Compare provides information about volumes and average 2016-2017 charges (amount billed) and median charge at IA hospitals. Select one hospital to begin. Site allows 4 hospitals to be compared at one time for prices (if you select all cities to begin), 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,rehab, and many medical conditions. Severity of illness can be specified. Limited focus to one service and category at a time.

Iowa Hospital Quality, Safety and Satisfaction Ratings

Compare Iowa hospitals on heart care, pneumonia, readmissions, patient safety (including deaths of patients who were unlikely to die during hospitalization); stroke; surgical care, complications and deaths; maternity; infection prevention and more. Patient satisfaction ratings also shown. Interactive report only. Extremely slow to operate, since you can't compare hospitals side-by-side, nor get a full hospital report at once. Select the Iowa Report Table of Contents to find which measures show hospital names. 2018 Iowa Report by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (based in Des Moines, IA) uses 2015-2016 data

Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care - Certified Hospitals

List of Primary Stroke Centers, Stroke Rehab, and other disease-specific care certified organizations in the US. Most are hospitals. Other certified programs include orthopedic joint replacement (hip, knee), COPD (most listed under A for Advanced COPD), sickle cell services, burn center, bariatric surgery, high-risk OB; bone marrow, heart, liver transplants; cancer (including breast, lung, pancreatic, prostate); diabetes; AAA, Alzheimer's, sleep program, wound care, spine treatment program, migraines, Parkinsons disease, ESRD, palliative care, epilepsy, congestive heart failure, heart failure, AMI, pneumonia and more. Long list, may be hard to use because health condition certifications are listed under multiple titles such as "Advanced"

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

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

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 2015-2016. From maine.gov

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

Maryland Hospital Quality Ratings (MHCC)

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

Medicare Ambulatory Surgery Allowed Costs - 25 Commonly Performed Procedures

See this file for 25 procedure payments by Medicare and what they considered the Allowed Amount. This file shows average amounts Medicare paid to Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) facilities for selected outpatient surgery such as spinal injection (example: CPT code 62311 Medicare allowed $377, and paid $297), knee arthroscopy (CPT 29881 $1631 allowed), prostate needle biopsy (CPT code 55700 $670 average allowable cost; $530 average cost paid), simple cataract removal & lens insertion ($1679 allowed; Medicare paid $1339), bunion correction ($1825 allowed), crushing kidney stones ($2330 allowed), large bowel endoscopy ($586 allowed, plus $671 for removal of polyps), and more. Includes physician fees and payment to the ASC. Confusing file unless you know CPT codes and can use Excel files. Actual prices or charges are not shown. This is the best of what's out there nationally, with state average charges. 2012 data published Sept. 2013

Michigan - Compare Hospitals, Physician Groups, Nursing Homes in SE Mich.  Editor's Pick

The Greater Detroit Area Health Council provides a 7-county health care performance report at MyCareCompare.org. Compare MI hospitals (side-by-side) for childbirth, COPD, emergency department (ER), heart attack, heart failure, cardiac surgery, hip or knee replacements, imaging, infections, patient safety, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention and overall patient satisfaction. See mortality ratings (survival rate) for some conditions. Same info as listed at the federal HospitalCompare site, except mycarecompare might not be updated as often, so check the federal site. The advantage of mycarecompare is that consumers can see Above Average and Below Average comparisons very quickly, for the selected hospitals they want to look at, and all health conditions at once. Very easy to use. Physician group and nursing home results are at this site. GDAHC hospitals are in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Pontiac and counties: Wayne, Washtenaw, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, and St. Clair. GDAHC was an early leader in quality transparency. It appears that larger hospitals in Lansing and other towns may be included. Medical group data from 2016

Michigan Hospital Ratings: VerifyMIcare.org

Redesigned website from Michigan Hospital Association's Keystone Center allows consumers to compare care at MI hospitals. Compare 3 hospitals at a time on how well they rate on infections, overall mortality (survival rates), readmissions, some obstetrics care, complications from surgery, and length of stay for hip or knee replacement surgery, stroke, heart failure or pneumonia. Includes critical access hospitals in rural areas and metro hospitals in the Detroit, Ann Arbor and Lansing areas. Data from 2016-2017. Updated web site launched Jan. 2018

Minnesota - Health Care Quality Report 2010 (MDH)

Find quality ratings of physician clinics and hospitals for diabetes, heart and vascular care, cancer screening, pediatric care and immunizations, selected surgery, heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, infections, childbirth, hip fracture, survival rates and more. State is organized into 4 regions; includes little towns and major metro areas. Data from 2008 to 2010; report by the MN Department of Health. Not yet updated for 2016

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, 2005, displays average charges (from 2003) for nearly 50 common medical treatments (including endoscopy, ear tubes, hysterectomy, tonsillectomy, having a baby, and some prescription drugs), 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, this report earns an Editor's Pick as a starting point. After all, did you know that stepping on a rusty nail could cost over $1000, or that a colonoscopy could be a $2000 question? (And this was BEFORE 15 years of steady price increases!)

Missouri Healthcare-Associated Infections - Central Line, Surgery & Ventilators (HOB)  Editor's Pick

Three types of hospital-acquired infections - Central Line Associated Bloodstream (CLAB) Infections, Surgical Site Infection rate, and Head of Bed elevation to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia - are presented by hospital or ambulatory surgery center (ASC) name, along with a symbol identifying whether the facility has a lower or higher rate than its comparison group. Click on DATA if you want to see the actual numbers of infections. Surgery infections available for hysterectomy, hip, heart bypass (CABG), outpatient breast surgery and hernia repair. Report by the MO Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) shows 2016 data. Click on Infection Reporting Data to search

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

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

Montana Hospital Outpatient Surgery and Test Costs

Compare MT hospital charges for ambulatory surgery and diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, breast biopsy, cardiac stress tests, cardiac catheterization. All prices EXCLUDE surgeon fees and other physician costs. PricePoint system shows facility prices in the past, for common surgical procedures such as tonsillectomy, cataracts, ear tubes, knee cartilage, bunions (median $5483, $2000 more for big toe), child's appendix removal, carpal tunnel, skin lesions, upper GI endoscopy; x ray, CT, MRI and other radiology imaging prices listed; 2015 costs

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

North Carolina Hospital Ratings and Patient Satisfaction

Compare NC hospital performance (grouped by region) for patient recommendations (HCAHPS), Heart Attack, Heart Failure, CABG, Pneumonia, COPD Stroke, Hip/Knee readmissions. ON HCAHPS, see satisfaction for Patients Understood Care. Similar information is at the federal HospitalCompare site, but here all hospitals are side-by-side and may be easier to see by region. Consumers can choose graphs, tables of scores, trends, overall ratings and detailed questions. Site by the NC Quality Center and North Carolina Healthcare Association. Data are current to 2016 or 2017

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. Dates for data are not easily found at Ohio Hospital Compare

Oregon - compare hospital costs (2015)

OHA - Oregon Health Authority posts average hospital charges paid in 2015. Select inpatient Payment Report to compare hospitals on costs for appendectomy, chemotherapy, coronary bypass, dialysis, inpatient gallbladder surgery or hernia repair, hip replacement, hysterectomy, angioplasty and more. Select Pregnancy report to find maternity costs (about $7700 for normal delivery, $13,279 for uncomplicated c-section and $2200 for newborns). When estimating, add in medical inflation. Pub. July 2017

Oregon Hospital Guide to Costs

Compare up to 3 hospitals at a time on 2015 costs paid by commercial insurance companies or patient-paid amounts. Median amounts shown for 100 most common outpatient procedures and 50 most common inpatient procedures. Medicare and Medicaid are excluded. Includes maternity & newborn payments, heart care, stents, cardiac cath, hip and knee replacement, many surgery payments such as cataracts, hernia, hysterectomy, kidney removal, gall bladder, breast biopsy, carpal tunnel, mastectomy, tonsillectomy, endoscopy, shoulder surgery, appendectomy. Amounts paid for CT, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, x-ray and ultrasound; chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Site by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) to meet state requirements. Consumers can try to get an idea of 2018 prices by calling the hospital

Oregon Hospital Infection Ratings, 2016

Compare OR hospitals on healthcare-acquired infection rates in 2016 for central line infections (CLABSI), surgical site infections for cardiac bypass (CABG), colon, abdominal hysterectomy, hip prosthesis, knee (replacement) prosthesis, and laminectomy. Individual hospital reports (volumes and infections) are shown in the table if you are able to navigate this complex presentation. Must know name of hospital. Report by Health and Human Services (oregon.gov), pub. 2017

Osteoporosis (MedlinePlus)  Editor's Pick

Includes Exercise, Prevention, Calcium, Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Tests; information on frequency of spine, forearm, humerus or hip fractures from osteoporosis (see Statistics), medications, links to National Osteoporosis Foundation, and more

Parents magazine 2013 List: 10 Best Children's Hospitals

Parents.com magazine March 2013 list of top 10 best children's hospitals puts The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and those at Boston and Cincinnati at the top of the list. Other top 10 include Milwaukee, Aurora Colorado, Pittsburgh UPMC, Texas (Houston), University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Columbus OH, and Lurie Children's (Chicago). Top 5 pediatric hospitals by specialty are ranked for pediatric cancer care (led by Children's of Philadelphia), emergency services, cardiac heart care, Preemie Care, orthopedic and pulmonary care. In addition, 15 runners-up are named. Methodology is vague about dates of its hospital survey, but reportedly relies on hospital self-reports of volume, survival rates, safety practices and more

Rehabilitation Hospitals - CARF-Accredited Facilities

The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities offers the ability to do an online search for accredited facilities with specific rehab programs you may be interested in. Includes Behavioral Health, Pain Management, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord, Physical Rehab, Aging services, and more. Search engine is either simple (just zip code) or very complicated because of its detail, abbreviations and multiple choices

South Carolina - Compare Hospital Associated Infection Rates (HAIs)

Find surgical site infection rates at SC hospitals for colon surgery, hysterectomy (abdominal), hip and knee replacements, and heart bypass (CABG), 2016 data. Central line infections in hospital ICUs, c. difficile and MRSA also shown; compare hospitals for one type of infection at a time. Provided by state Department of Health (DHEC)

South Dakota Charges for Inpatient Hospital Stays - 2014

Find out and compare SD hospitals on 2014 average charges, or median (typical) price. After you select the hospital, you can see the average charge in all of South Dakota (e.g. avg $4368 for normal newborn, or $3265 median. Vaginal delivery for mom was $8891 average, and $8373 median.) All common hospitalizations shown, such as births and maternity delivery, knee replacement, heart failure, pneumonia, bowel procedures, COPD, angioplasty, kidney transplants (median $205,601), inpatient laparoscopic gallbladder removal (avg $40,071, but $44k to $46k avg. in Sioux Falls) and much more. Also shows length of stay. PricePoint site sponsored by SDAHO (hospital association)

South Dakota Hospital Quality Ratings and Patient Opinions - free

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

Surgeon Scorecard - Knees, Hips, Gallbladder, Spinal Fusion, Prostate Surgery, Medicare 2015

Compare individual surgeons' complication rates (risk-adjusted) for Medicare patients having one of 8 types of inpatient surgery: hip or knee replacement, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, cervical (neck) or lumbar spinal fusion (either posterior or anterior technique), and prostate resection or removal. Analysis by ProPublica looked at billing records from 2009 to 2013. Numbers of cases shown are MEDICARE-ONLY (although the column title omits that point), and require at least 20 cases for a doctor's rate to be shown. Physician's rate combines his/her Medicare cases at all hospitals. Website was somewhat controversial in 2015. Tool is easy to use; data have not been updated

Texas - Inpatient Care Ratings in Texas Hospitals, 2014

Nineteen (19) separate quality ratings include patients of any payer type. Compare hospital volumes, mortality (survival rates), and certain utilization rates (i.e. cesarean section, VBAC rate, laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gall bladder), cardiac cath, appendectomy in elderly). Survival rates for heart attack (AMI), heart failure CHF, stroke, GI hemorrhage, hip fracture, and pneumonia. Volume and/or death rates provided for heart bypass surgery (CABG), angioplasty (PCI), AAA Repair, hip replacement, craniotomy, esophageal resection, pancreatic resection, and carotid endarterectomy. TX Dept. of State Health Services THCIC. If your hospital has a * by it, its mortality rate is significantly lower (good), but if it has two ** by it, its risk-adjusted mortality was found to be significantly higher; must look VERY closely to find the asterisks. Updated 2017

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: Orthopedics Rankings

US News & World Report's list of top 50 hospitals for hip and knee replacements and other orthopedic surgery shows Hospital for Special Surgery (New York) and Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.) as the best hospitals in the US. Uses Medicare data (2013-2015), reputation scores, survival rates, patient safety and more. Minimum number of Medicare cases: 289 over three years

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2017: Pediatric & Children's Hospitals

US News & World Report's top pediatric hospitals listed for cancer, diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology (digestive disorders) & GI surgery, cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology (kidney), neonatology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology (respiratory problems), and urology. Honor roll of 10 hospitals is led by Boston Children's and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. List called Best Children's Hospitals updated June 2017

Utah Hip and Knee Surgery: Death Rate and Complications

Hospital-specific ratings compared to other Utah hospitals for complications and deaths on hip and knee replacements. Hard to read. No prices. Data from 2010-2012. Unclear what the scores mean, but lower is probably better. Published by Utah Dept. of Health in their OpenCatalog

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

Vermont - 2015 Hospital Report Cards (Act 53)

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 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 permits access to Quality Ratings, Survival Rate information, links to patient satisfaction and current medical prices all on the same web page for easy access. Nurse staffing also available. 2014 data for quality; 2013 information on prices

Vermont - Hospital Outpatient Surgery Prices, 2013 (pdf)

Table 2A lets you compare average gross charge (the closest you will get to average cost) for most common outpatient surgical procedures at 14 general hospitals in VT. Prices for procedures such as carpal tunnel ($4241), cataract surgery (average $5720), endoscopy ($2671), bladder endoscopy $1419, knee cartilage surgery ($6609 average), shoulder surgery (18,580), gall bladder removal (average $11,631, range $8404 to $25,707 for laparoscopy), breast biopsy (avg. $4038), other biopsies, ear tubes (average $3044), tonsillectomy (about $5900), nerve block ($1717), bunion removal (range $6276 to $17,348), nonsurgical skin treatments (avg $2356), hernia repair $9191, and many more procedures; 12-month avg. charges ending Sept. 30, 2013, DO NOT include the surgeon or other physician fees. As with all of Vermont's reports, the font size is about as small as you can get. More than two years old. Table 2B shows how many of those procedures the hospital did

Vermont - Inpatient Hospital Average Prices, 2013 (pdf)

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 except newborns were more than $7500. Knee replacement about $40,000. Compare costs on 55 different types of cases, listed by MS-DRG. Links to hospital discount policies for consumers with cost concerns; 2012-2013 average charges

Virginia Healthcare Prices (2015)

Find average price ALLOWED in 2015 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 costs but doesn't identify if it's facility cost only or INCLUDES the surgeon or other physician fees. Each service shows the average allowed amount that you or your insurance plan paid in 2015. More relevant than most pricing information, but confusing because of the doctor fee questions. From Virginia Health Information (VHI), updated Dec. 2016

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)

Washington Hospital Quality Ratings and Satisfaction Levels

Compare WA hospital scores for Emergency Care (average 24 minutes before patients see a doctor or nurse), Surgical Infections (cardiac surgery, orthopedics, hysterectomy) Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Stroke, Surgery (including hip and knee), and patient opinions. Mortality (survival) data for heart care and pneumonia. Consumers can find some of this information, and probably more current at the federal HospitalCompare site. Here all hospitals are side-by-side and may be easier to see, but data are older. Most data are up to 2015 or 2016 only. VIEW DATA GRID is an excellent way to see scores quickly. Be sure to Expand Grid when you see that option. Washington State Hospital Association

Wisconsin - Ambulatory Surgery Facility Charges, 2014

Average 2014 charges in WI for 20 common ambulatory surgery procedures, such as Colonoscopy (6 codes), Endoscopy, Biopsy, Spinal Injection, Cataract & Lens ($7455 hospital average), outpatient Knee surgery/arthroscopy ($12,191), Carpal Tunnel ($6279), Ear Tubes, and more. Volumes for each hospital and surgical center are shown for top 20 only. Go to Chapter VI, Table 28 for a longer list of procedures including gall bladder removal (cholecystectomy). Prices do NOT include surgeon and physician fees, which may cost thousands of dollars and could double prices shown. Consumers should add inflation to estimate 2016 facility prices. Scroll to bottom of page for Chapters VI and VII Ambulatory Surgery, published by WHA Information Center 2015

Wisconsin CheckPoint - Hospital Ratings and Patient Opinions  Editor's Pick

Compare hospital quality performance and patient satisfaction ratings for 125 hospitals in WI. Topics: heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention and survvival for hip, knee surgery, heart, vascular, other cardiac, colon surgery and hysterectomy; patient safety practices, incidental appendectomy rate; deaths data. See how many patients would definitely recommend the hospital. Most data are from 2015-2016. Wisconsin Hospital Association makes quarterly updates. Even though the clinical topic list is sketchy (such as Bones and Digestive), WHA receives Editor's Pick for going beyond CMS measures, for showing all hospitals side-by-side, consumer ease in getting a free comprehensive quality report for one hospital, staying current, and showing comparisons to the benchmark best in the state

Wisconsin Hospital Survival Ratings for Medical Illnesses  Editor's Pick

Compare all WI hospitals (side-by-side) on their survival rates for stroke, hip fracture and GI Bleeding. Wisconsin Hospital Association report Deaths Due to Illness shows most hospitals performed As Expected, with a few significantly Worse, or Better than the others. Deaths and volume data from 2014, the latest available as of December 2017

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, back care, asthma, COPD, rehab; kidney, heart, lung or other transplant; hysterectomy, prostate surgery, bowel surgery & more. Also shows inpatient volumes. From WHA Information Center, part of the Wisconsin Hospital Association, using 2016-2017 data. Surgeon fees NOT included. Compare hospitals by city (anywhere in the state by adding cities). Wisc. Hospital Assn. created the PricePoint System now used in other states

Wisconsin PricePoint - Outpatient & Ambulatory Surgery Cost

Compare outpatient and ambulatory surgery volume and charges for colonoscopy, cataracts, eardrum surgery, shoulder or knee surgery, carpal tunnel surgery, removal of tonsils & adenoids, appendectomy, breast biopsy, endoscopy, gallbladder (cholecystectomy), upper GI, heart catheterization and more. Compare hospitals and surgical centers. Typical (median) price in county and statewide Wisconsin median prices shown for 2016-2017. Prices exclude surgeon and other doctors' fees which may double the numbers you see here

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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