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Childbirth (MedlinePlus)

Topics include pre-term labor, pain relief, Midwives, Stages of labor, Episiotomy, breech babies, information from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and more. Reliable, fast and ad-free source of information

Childbirth - Average cost for delivery, 2008

Quick summary: Average hospitalization Cost per stay, which would be LESS THAN the average charges (price) for all types of delivery in the US was $3800. For reference average price was $8300 in 2003 (five years earlier). CMS used a cost-to-charge ratio, and does not show what that percentage is. C-section rate continued to rise. AHRQ Statistical Brief #110, based on HCUP data, released April 2011. Disappointing report in this era of price transparency

Childbirth - Average Hospital Delivery Cost, C-Section rate, Length of Stay 2008

Estimated cost for the hospital delivery and maternity stay in 2008 averaged $3800. C-section without complications was $4700, and a 2.1 day stay for vaginal delivery without complications was $2900. Numbers exclude physician fees, prenatal care, and newborn costs. Charges would have been higher, and have not been updated for current year. C-section rate was nearly 33% of all births; 34% of those privately insured; just 28% of the uninsured. AHRQ Statistical Brief #110 uses 2008 HCUP data, published April 2011

Childbirth - Average Total Cost for Having a Baby, 2009 (AHRQ MEPS pdf)

If you were privately insured and had an uncomplicated pregnancy, the average cost of having a baby was about $12,000 in 2009, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The estimate includes actual payments for all prenatal office visits, hospital childbirth (inpatient maternity and newborn delivery), prescription medications and other services for an uncomplicated pregnancy. If the person had both prenatal care and hospital delivery, the average expense was nearly $13,000 in 2009 dollars. Uses Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data for 2006 to 2009 patients; Research Findings #32 published June 2012. No update available as of Jan. 2016

Glossary - Labor & Birth Terms

Short descriptions of terms related to pregnant women going into labor and giving birth - including amniotic fluid, APGAR, breech, epidural, fetal distress, placenta previa, post partum to name a few. Updated 2013 by the American Pregnancy Association

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.

Inducing Labor: Guide for Pregnant Women

Updated guide from AHRQ explains possible problems with elective induction of labor, and lists questions women should ask. It's not only convenience that should be considered. Quote from the Guide: [It usually is not safe to induce labor before 39 weeks of pregnancy (1 week before your due date).] Publication 10-EHC004-A, revised December 2009

March of Dimes - Peristats Data Center - Maternal & Infant Health

PeriStats uses data from 12 government agencies and organizations, to provide the most current maternal and infant health statistics on topics such as prenatal care, preterm birth, low birthweight, newborn screening, infant mortality; smoking, alcohol, & drugs; C-section rates, health insurance coverage, and more. All states, and some county-specific or city data

Maternity Care Costs in High Deductible Health Insurance Plans (HDHP)

Report by the Kaiser Family Foundation compares out-of-pocket costs for childbirth and maternity care under so-called Consumer-Driven Health Plans (CDHP) vs. traditional health insurance. Brace yourselves for some high numbers from Maryland cases (year is unclear). Published June, 2007

Obstetrical Procedures - N C H S - FASTATS

Detailed data on births provided by the National Center for Health Statistics - showing an all-time high of 31 percent of births by Cesarean section (2006) and other statistics

Pregnancy Complications: American Pregnancy Association

Six common pregnancy complications including ectopic pregnancy, gestational diabetes, Group B strep infection, low birth weight, preterm labor, and RH Factor. Easy to read resource

Preterm Labor & Birth: Signs & Symptoms of Preterm Labor and What to Do

From the March of Dimes. Click on 39+ Weeks to also receive a lot of good information

Scheduled C-Sections Before 39 Weeks Not Advised, Costly

C-Sections that are elective (by choice for convenience or other reasons) before the baby is in his/her 39th week increase risks, and may land the premature infant in the neonatal intensive care unit. Full term is considered 39-40 weeks (not 36), and according to some reports NICU stays can add $20,000 to the bill. Don't Rush the Baby, in Health & Health Networks magazine July 2013

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

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

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

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

Ambulatory Surgery Average Charges in U.S. Hospitals, 2007  Editor's Pick

Find average prices (mean charge) for about 80 outpatient ambulatory surgery procedures done in hospitals in 2007 (excluding surgeon's or other physician fees.) Average colonoscopy & biopsy price 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 2010 facility costs; 2007 prices for many surgeries were up 25% to 41 percent over 2003 prices. Overall average was $6100, compared to nearly $40,000 for inpatient surgery. AHRQ Statistical Brief # 86 is based on 28 states (2/3 of US population) published February 2010

Arizona Hospital Prices - Find average cost by hospital

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

Arkansas Average Inpatient Charges - Top 30 hospital stays (pdf)

Average charges (prices) per patient for the Top 30 hospitalizations (DRGs) in AR, such as newborn and maternity delivery, psychoses, rehabilitation, heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, digestive disorders, hip or knee replacement, chest pain, cardiac cath, diabetes, asthsma, stroke, hysterectomy (DRG 743), septicemia, Kidney failure, UTI, cellulitis and more. Overall, prices were $12,126 per case ($2737 per day) in 2007. For reference, a normal delivery for mother & baby cost $7873 (add $6466 for C-Section without complications); a 12.5-day rehabilitation stay cost $21,628; hip or knee replacement averaged $33,090 ($9166 per day); drug-eluting stent DRG 247 was $18,158 per day for $37,043 per case on average. Huge file; slow download. Summer 2009 report (page 22) by the Arkansas Hospital Association shows 2007 prices. Consumers may expect higher prices in 2009

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

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

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 Cost of Hospital Stay, 2012 (Medical, Surgical, Maternity)

Average cost for a hospital stay in 2012 was estimated at $10,700. (Charges were higher, but not revealed.) Surgical stays averaged $21,200. Medical stays averaged $8500, and Maternity $4300 including the baby's cost. A hospital stay for a child ages 1 to 17 was nearly $10,000. Statistical Brief #181, published October 2014

Baby-Friendly Hospitals (breast-feeding)

The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to encourage and recognize hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for lactation. As of March 2012, there were 143 hospitals in the US who met the program criteria, which are based on Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Birthing - Find a Birth Center (Accredited and Not Accredited)

This directory identifies member birth centers accredited by the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC), and those not accredited. Birthing centers practice midwifery (midwives) and take a wellness and holistic approach to pregnancy and maternity care. Look for the special designation symbol on this list

California - 2016-17 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 5 PPOs: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, United Healthcare. Clear, simple star system used for overall rating. In addition, get more details about member satisfaction, complaint rates, asthma, cancer screening, child/adolescent health, diabetes, heart care, maternity care, mental health, back pain, immunization, and smoking cessation. 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), using 2015 data (reported in 2016)

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: www.CalHospitalCompare.org - Hospital Quality Ratings & Patient Satisfaction  Editor's Pick

CA hospital quality ratings for heart attack, heart failure, heart bypass surgery (including mortality/ survival rate), pneumonia, ICU mortality rate, preventing surgical infections & complications, maternity care (e.g. breast-feeding and c-sections), and patient opinion ratings. Most data from 2008 to 2009, but some date to 2003. Compare 5 hospitals at once to find Superior Hospitals. Consumers may be surprised at the number of times they see a Poor performance rating. When viewing hospital report, click on View All, or you'll miss half the information. Web site by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) in partnership with UCSF and CHART

Colorado 2010 Hospital Charges & Length of Stay (pdf)

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

Colorado Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2014

Compare CO health plans on consumer member satisfaction (CAHPS) and clinical scores (HEDIS) for Heart, Diabetes, Blood pressure, BMI-Obesity care, Cholesterol, Cancer screening, prenatal care, immunizations, mental health. HMO and PPO Plans: Aetna, Anthem HMO, Cigna, HMO Colorado HealthOP, Kaiser Permanente, Rocky Mountain HMO and PPO, and UnitedHealthcare PPO. Click on Health Plan Edition of the Quality Reports. Published by Colo. Business Group on Health (CBGH) 2014 report uses 2013 data.

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

Fertility Clinic Success Rates - 2012 ART Report (CDC)  Editor's Pick

Find out about ART clinics (Assisted Reproductive Technology) in the US and Puerto Rico, in this 576-page report by the CDC in conjunction with Reproductive Medicine societies. Shows success rates by age of woman, and both fresh and frozen embryo transfers. One-page summaries for each of 456 fertility clinics reporting 2012 data. Nationally, about 32% of embryo transfers resulted in singleton live births, with nearly 47% of fresh embryos resulting in live births. Pub. 2014

Florida - Average Charges for Inpatient Hospital Stays (Top 10 DRGs) (pdf)

Average charges (price) & Length of Stay for top 10 types of hospital stays, such as childbirth (vaginal delivery without complicating diagnoses was over $11,000 plus normal newborn charges of about $2500) and Cesarean section ($20k); psychoses ($14,824); chest pain; joint replacement (e.g. hip and knee) surgery [average $59,000], cellulitis; kidney & UTI. While the top 10 averaged $17,000 per case, the average charge when all of Florida's 2.6 million cases were examined was $39,000. Report by the FL Hospital Association; find 2010 data on page 3. Updated 2011

Florida Hospital C-Section Rates and Delivery Volumes

Find out the volume of deliveries and rate of Cesarean Sections at each Florida hospital from 2001 to 2014. Overall FL statewide average increased from 28.1% to 38.8% of deliveries (2014). Almost no reduction since 2009. Updated 2015 by Floridahealthfinder.gov

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

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

Georgia Hospital Price Check - Compare costs by name of hospital

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

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2015  Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for 95 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Sample Topics: Screening Mammography at age 50, Cancer (e.g. which is more cost effective - colonoscopy or fecal occult blood testing for colorectal cancer?), recommended screening for bladder cancer or skin cancer, Heart Disease (including aspirin for prevention), smoking cessation, screening for depression in children, diabetes screening, folic acid supplements, glaucoma screening, osteoporosis, COPD and spirometry

Hospital Ratings at HealthGrades (all states) 2016  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 2016 ratings are from Medicare patients, from 2012 to 2014. Click on Detail to see 3-year patient volume, and actual mortality or complication rates compared to predicted

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

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

Iowa Hospital Inpatient Charges Compare

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

Iowa Hospital Quality, Safety and Satisfaction Ratings 2011  Editor's Pick

Compare Iowa hospitals on heart care, pneumonia, readmissions, patient safety (including deaths of patients who were unlikely to die during hospitalization in [low-mortality DRGs]); surgical care, including survival rates (mortality info) for hip replacement surgery; infection prevention and more. Patient satisfaction recommendations and ratings also shown. Interactive report only; must be familiar with drop-down menus. Use the Table of Contents to find which measures show hospital names, rather than state averages. 2011 Iowa Report by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (based in Des Moines, IA) uses 2009 and 2010 data

Kentucky Hospital Ratings - free (KHA)

Compare KY hospitals side-by-side on inpatient quality for survival rates (mortality) for heart bypass (CABG), heart attack, heart failure, stroke, GI hemorrhage, hip fracture, pneumonia, angioplasty, and brain surgery. Also compare hospital rates on safety, such as hospital-acquired infections, pulmonary embolism or DVT, surgical deaths, postoperative sepsis, surgery complications. Some info on births, c-sections, and more. Kentucky Hospital Association data for 2009-2010

Louisiana Hospital Ratings and Prices - LA Hospital Inform

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

Maine - Average Charge for Hospital and Doctor Visits (2014-2015)

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

Maryland Hospital Pricing Guide, May 2011 (pdf)

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

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

Mass. - Average Charge Chartbook, 2015 Cost Trends

Click on Chartbook to learn about average prices for 10 common lab tests in hospitals (Exhibit 5.7). See average costs for normal deliveries at all hospitals (Exhibit 7.2). The data are from 2011-2012, so add medical inflation. Other charts are in this 58-page publication by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission

MedlinePlus: Traveler's Health

Topics for consumers who travel, such as jet lag, ears and altitude, motion sickness, in-flight medicine, traveler first aid kits, medical exams for international adoption, what Medicare covers outside the US, pregnancy and flying can all be found at this site

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

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!)

MN Physician fees, office visit cost, colonoscopy, more

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

Montana Hospital Inpatient Charges - Compare Prices

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

Nebraska Hospital PricePoint System (Inpatient Charges)

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

Nevada PricePoint (Hospital Inpatient Charges)

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

New Hampshire Costs - Outpatient Surgery, Tests and Maternity

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

New Hampshire PricePoint System (Inpatient Charges)

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

New Jersey 2015 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; more. Easy to read; fast response. Pub. by NJ Dept. of Banking and Insurance, March 2016

New Mexico Hospitals PricePoint (Inpatient Charges)

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

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

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

Ohio Hospital Prices - Inpatient, Top 60 Outpatient average charge

Selected prices are provided by each hospital through the Ohio Health Department. Click on the name of the hospital, then the tab for either inpatient (top 60 services) or outpatient (top 60). No year is shown, so the numbers could be old. Hospital charges shown for labor and delivery (obstetrics) and other high volume admissions. Outpatient procedures are listed with ICD9 codes and may include some ambulatory surgeries. Imaging and lab tests are not included. Price list varies by hospital. Caution: Physician professional fees may not be included

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

Oklahoma PricePoint (Hospital Inpatient Charges)

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

Oregon - 2010 PricePoint (Hospital Inpatient Charges)

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

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

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

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

Tufts had two plans that earned the top 5.0 rating from NCQA. Based on Quality, Member Satisfaction and accreditation results. Published Sept. 2016

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)

Texas - Guide to Texas HMO Quality 2016 (OPIC)

Lengthy (252 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, ER visit rates, rates of physician board certification, and more. Pub. by TX Office of Public Insurance Council Nov. 2016

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

Utah HMO Health Insurance Plan 2015 Ratings

Compares Utah HMOs - health insurance plans Aetna, Altius, Cigna, Educators Mutual EMI, Humana, PEHP, Regence Blue Cross BS, SelectHealth, Tall Tree, United Healthcare, and Medicaid plans (Healthy U, Molina, SelectHealth CHIP) on member satisfaction, back pain, cancer screening, and high blood pressure; diabetes, mental health, prenatal & maternity, preventive care, well-child visits & immunizations, and more. Shows actual performance rates. 2016 Performance Report published by utah.gov using 2015 data

Utah Maternity & Newborns: Compare 2008 Hospital Charges, Patient Safety, Volume

Hospital quality ratings for Utah maternity and newborn care cover vaginal delivery and Cesarean Section births. Hospital Patient Safety reports show UT hospitals who performed significantly better than expected for obstetric injuries to the mother's body, and birth injuries to newborns (2006 to 2008). Average 2008 charges (so add 8 years of inflation): Typical Vaginal childbirth cost about $5222 statewidein 2008; a c-section was about $8938; newborn care additional $1813 or more. (See specific hospital average prices.) Uses APR-DRGs. User-friendly, willing to tackle quality and charges in the same report, separately identifies complicated cases, and permits viewing as html web pages, instead of requiring downloads of big reports. But now is very old. Does not show how many (if any) of the nearly 12,000 c-sections were elective under 39 weeks gestation. Report updated Dec. 2009 by Utah Dept. of Health

Vermont - 2014 Outpatient Diagnostic Test Prices  Editor's Pick

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

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 - Compare HMOs (Quality and Satisfaction)  Editor's Pick

Easy to use tool to compare insurance plan ratings: Aetna, CareFirst BlueChoice, Coventry, 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, preventive care, spirometry for COPD, prenatal, maternity and newborn care; weight assessment, well child visits and childhood illnesses, member satisfaction for 2015 and more. Also includes Board certification rates for some types of physicians, number of enrollees, and financial data

Virginia Healthcare Prices (2012)  Editor's Pick

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

Washington (state) Hospital Inpatient Prices

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

Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality - Hospital Inpatient Ratings & Prices

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

Wisconsin Hospitals PricePoint (Average Inpatient Prices)

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

Wyoming Hospital PricePoint - compare hospital costs

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

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