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Hospital Compare – 30-day Death Rates, Heart Attack, Heart Failure & CABG (2018) Editor's Pick

Federal government site from CMS shows whether hospitals meet expected 30-day survival rates for heart attack and heart failure Medicare cases. National death rates were 13.2% for heart attack, 11.7% for heart failure and 3.1% for CABG (heart bypass) surgery patients. Nationally, these rates improved over the prior 3-year period. Compare hospitals in your area. The number of hospitals that were significantly worse than the national value were 24 for heart attack, 135 for heart failure and 23 for CABG. Results updated 2018, 2014-2017 data

Calculate Your Risk for Cancer, Diabetes, Heart or Lung Disease, Osteoporosis and Stroke Editor's Pick

Your Disease Risk shows five disease-specific tools to help you identify your personal risk of 12 different types of cancer, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, emphysema, heart disease, osteoporosis and stroke. Tips for preventing the diseases are personalized to your risk factors. Originally developed by the Harvard Center for Cancer Prevention, now offered by the Siteman Cancer Center, at Washington University in St. Louis

Five Most Costly Medical Conditions, 2012 (2015 pdf)

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

Glossary – Heart Rhythm Disorders

Glossary of terms related to heart rhythm disorders. Includes Atrial fibrillation (A Fib), Ejection fraction, Electrophysiology (EP) test, ACE inhibitors, Beta-blockers, Bradycardia, Tachycardia, Dyspnea, ICDs, pacemakers and more. From the Heart Rhythm Society, a group representing physicians and scientists in the field of cardiac arrhythmia. Directory of cardiology subspecialists called electrophysiologists also found under Find a Specialist

Heart Attack, Stroke & Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs (American Heart Association)

Dial 911 fast. Minutes matter. Learn about the 3-hour window for stroke patients needing tPA, and consumer responsibilities to seek prompt care if they want the best outcomes

Heart Disease in Women (MedlinePlus)

What women need to know about heart disease; angioplasty, stent, pacemaker, cardiac arrhythmia, diagnostic tests such as calcium scan, cardiac cath, EKG, cardiac MRI; cardiac rehab. Find recipe-of-the-week for a healthy heart. Read about coronary microvascular disease (MVD) and broken heart syndrome. Download the free Healthy Heart Handbook (127 pages, 2007 publication) – which lets you know that One in 4 women in the United States dies of heart disease, while 1 in 30 dies of breast cancer

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, 2013 (pdf)

The top 10 of 20 most expensive conditions that people get hospitalized for are led by Septicemia, osteoarthritis, liveborn infants, complication of device, implant or graft; heart attack (AMI), congestive heart failure (CHF), back problems, pneumonia, coronary atherosclerosis and acute cerebrovascular disease. The full list identifies 20 health conditions that cost the nation the most in hospital charges in 2013. The top 10 represented nearly half (48%) of the total national hospital bill. For Medicaid patients, mood disorders, schizophrenia and previous C-section were in the top 10. For the uninsured, diabetes with complications was the 4th most expensive condition. 15-page Statistical Brief #204 by AHRQ uses 2013 HCUP data; published May 2016

Accredited Chest Pain Centers – American College of Cardiology

List of Accredited Chest Pain Centers – some with PCI (percutaneous cardiac intervention). Must meet emergency department requirements and standards for timely diagnosis and treatment. List is interactive by state or type of accreditation, including atrial fibrillation (A Fib) and cardiac cath; heart failure, heartCARE center and more. Shows location of each hospital. Provided by the nonprofit American College of Cardiology (ACC)

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 2019 costs; add at least 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 2016; Quality and Patient Satisfaction scores reflect 2017 ratings

Average Cost of Common Hospital Stays (HCUP)

Learn about the average cost for common hospital stays, by diagnosis. Average cost per stay for all diagnoses was $10,000 in 2011 (about $12,300 in 2019 dollars).  Report shows 20 conditions with the highest total inpatient costs in 2011. Includes newborn baby ($3300), septicemia ($18,600), osteoarthritis ($15,400), coronary atherosclerosis ($17,200), acute myocardial infarction (heart attack, $18,900), congestive heart failure ($10,900), pneumonia ($9500), stroke ($14,000), COPD ($7800, physical rehab ($13,100), diabetes with complications ($9600), hip fracture ($15,400), mood disorders ($15,400) and more. These numbers are estimated costs, NOT prices. Add about 23% for cost inflation. Prices will be more. Statistical Brief #168 from Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, AHRQ Dec. 2013. No updates available yet.

Best Cardiac Surgery Hospital Ratings STS – Society of Thoracic Surgeons Editor's Pick

Look up hospital ratings for cardiac surgery in your state, through the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS). Many hospitals voluntarily report their results, which are posted here for adult coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), valve replacement, congenital heart surgery and lobectomy for lung cancer. Most results cover the time period through June 2018. Most hospitals get two stars for “as expected” performance. Outstanding hospitals get 3 stars; under-performing hospitals get 1 star. Search by state or name of hospital to find the best. Excellent website. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a not-for-profit organization representing more than 7,600 surgeons and others dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for surgeries of the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other surgical chest procedures.

Best Cardiovascular Hospital Lists – How Good are They?

Research published in JAMA Cardiology (Journal of the American Medical Association, Cardiology) studied US News & World Report best hospitals list and 2018-2019 rankings for Cardiology and Heart Surgery. For cardiovascular care, the physician researchers indeed found lower 30-day mortality rates (better survival) and higher patient satisfaction at the top cardiac hospitals when compared with nonranked hospitals. Results applied to heart attack (AMI-acute myocardial infarction), heart failure and coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG or heart bypass). Researchers did not find lower readmission rates at the top-ranked hospitals. Published December 2018.

Blue Distinction Centers: Cardiac, Cancer, Hip, Knee, Fertility, Maternity, Spine, Bariatric Surgery, Organ Transplants, Gene Therapy

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have designated national Blue Distinction Centers meeting their standards and selection criteria for bariatric weight loss surgery, cardiac (heart) care, fertility care, organ transplants (e.g. adult and pediatric bone marrow/stem cell, heart, lung, liver, pancreas (adult only) transplants, total knee and hip replacement, cancer care, maternity care, spine surgery, cellular immunotherapy, and gene therapy for ocular disorders. Quality criteria can be found from the home page. Substance Use Treatment and Recovery distinction to launch Jan. 1, 2020. In addition to Blue Distinction Centers, the Blue Distinction+ (Plus) designates high quality centers that also consider cost of care. (No further information is available on prices.) Interactive database; updated 2019

California – 2018-19 HMO, PPO, & Medical Group Ratings Report Card Editor's Pick

Two Kaiser Permanente HMO Plans received the highest ratings. The lowest rating went to Aetna Health of California HMO. Compare 10 largest California HMO health insurance plans: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross HMO, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net, Kaiser Permanente Northern and Southern CA regions, Sharp Health Plan, United Healthcare and Western Health Advantage. Compare 6 of the largest PPOs: Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Cigna, Health Net Life Insurance Company, United Healthcare. Clear, simple star system (5 stars = excellent; 4 stars = very good; 3 stars = good, 2 stars = fair; 1 star = poor) used for overall rating. Actual performance scores are not given, but may be available through NCQA. Quality measures (based on HEDIS scores) for asthma, cancer screening, child health, chlamydia screening, diabetes, heart care, maternity care, behavioral and mental health, and other expected care. Member satisfaction stars also shown. Complaint rates reported for health plans in a separate report. Nearly 200 Medical Group ratings also provided by county for the larger groups of doctors. For example, nearly 60 different Kaiser Permanente medical groups are included; Sutter, Scripps, Sharp and many more.  Prepared by the California state Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA), published November 2018.

California – Average Inpatient and Outpatient Hospital Prices, 2018

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. ER visits, 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 2018. Consumers can see one hospital at a time.  Provided through California OSHPD.

California Heart Bypass Surgery – Hospital Ratings and Surgeon Outcomes

Compare hospital survival rates and cardiac surgeon outcomes for cardiac bypass – coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG) done in 2016. Nearly all hospitals performed as expected. Thirteen California hospitals shown to be significantly worse than CA state average for selected CABG measures; 5 were worse on CABG survival rates. Doctor ratings found 12 of 276 CABG surgeons had worse outcomes for 2015-2016. Updated by Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD)

California Hospital Quality: Survival Rates and Mortality Ratings 2015 (pdf)

Find risk-adjusted mortality (death) rates for each CA hospital, and the number of inpatient cases in 2015 (Jan. – Sept.). California 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

California: CalHospitalCompare.org – Hospital Quality Ratings & Patient Satisfaction

CA hospital quality ratings for heart care, hip and knee, gall bladder, surgery volume, pneumonia, COPD, stroke, preventing surgical infections & complications, maternity care including c-sections and VBAC, emergency department and patient opinion ratings, readmissions; some mortality/survival rates. Dates of data are hard to find (click on the red question marks when at the hospital report). When reported, most contain 2017 data.  Number of cancer cases is for 2014. Compare hospitals side by side to find Superior Hospitals. Hospitals may be the best in one area but not in another. When viewing hospital report, click on View All, or you’ll miss most of the information. Cal Hospital Compare is supported by Truven Health Analytics

CareChex America’s Top Quality Hospitals 2019

Lists of top 10% hospitals in specialties such as bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac surgery, inpatient gall bladder surgery, GI care, general surgery, hip fractures, hip or knee joint replacement, organ transplants, spinal fusion, stroke care, and more. Top hospitals listed by nation, state or region.Categories include Medical Excellence, Patient Safety and Patient Satisfaction. Consumers can choose Medical Excellence results for Overall Surgical Care only. 2019 report covers Medicare claims data and HCAHPS patient satisfaction from 2014 to 2016, or in some cases to 2017. Announcing award-winning hospitals may require a license fee to be paid. CareChex is a division of Quantros, a for-profit software solutions company, which appears to be a competitor to HealthGrades

Colorado 2018 Hospital Charges and 2017 Insurance Payments

Find average 2018 cost across CO for more than 50 types of hospitalizations. Click on View Reimbursement by Diagnosis or Insurance Provider to see average total charge in 2017, and what the insurance company reimbursement was. 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 $78,874 had an average insurance payment of $26,588, or about 1/3 of the charges. Uncomplicated delivery was priced at $16,500 in 2017 (17,545 in 2018), with insurance companies paying $7347 in 2017. Similar for newborns – $5171 average price, insurance paid $2341. Insurance company payments appeared to go down in 2017, while charges went up. Consumers are also able to see actual hospital prices (Click View Hospital Charges, then select year 2018 and procedure). Example: Average 2018 price for major joint replacement at hospitals that performed at least 100 procedures, ranged from $13,941 in Meeker (Pioneers Medical Center), to $131,513 at Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree (nearly 10 times higher; midrange 208 price across hospitals was about $79,000.  Physician charges are not included. Published by the State Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Insurance, and Colorado Hospital Association. Updated 2019.

Colorado Diabetes and Cardiac Care Costs by City

Find the general average cost of diabetes care and cardiovascular care in Colorado in 2016.  Scroll to page 11 where the cost summary begins. Shows costs in seven different markets: Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Pueblo, Grand Junction, Boulder and Greeley, as well as overall average for Colorado. Retail drug costs are not included. Click on 2017 Healthcare Data Summary. Published by Colo. Business Group on Health (CBGH), 2017.

Colorado Hospital & Ambulatory Surgery Infection Rates 2018

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. 2017 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). 2017 data, all patients. Nurse staffing information also provided. Consumers may need to use the Chrome browser only, to see the hospital information. cohospitalquality.org

Compare Hospitals at Why Not the Best? (IPRO) Editor's Pick

WhyNotTheBest.org is a helpful website to compare hospitals and check ratings, although the number of measures is few. Allows comparisons within a state, up to 70 hospitals at a time. Currently using 2017-2018 data for most measures. Some measure are older. Emergency room care, blood clots, infections, influenza vaccination, patient satisfaction, survival rates (mortality for heart care, pneumonia, COPD and stroke), readmissions, old charges from 2011 and more. Must SCROLL in the measures selected box, to find all the other kinds of reports and measures that don’t readily appear. Trends are shown for many hospitals, and you might be able to find Top Performers in the country at this website. Operated by IPRO

Consumer Guide to Prevention – USPSTF Recommendations Editor's Pick

Recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) for more than 100 Screening tests, Preventive Medication, and Counseling activities. Individual Consumer Guides for all different types of cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, speech and language disorders, hearing loss, chronic kidney disease, depression, diabetes, abdominal aortic aneurysm, sexually transmitted disease, osteoporosis, and much more. Counseling for alcohol misuse, diet and physical activity. Updated 2019. the USPSTF is an independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine. Updated 2019

Cost of an Office Visit (MEPS)

MEPS provides the average and median cost for an office visit. Average cost paid (payments) for an office-based physician visit in 2016 was $265 (about $283 in 2019 with medical inflation). For primary care (family medicine, internists and general practice) the 2016 average was $186. Pediatrics came in at $169; psychiatry at $159, Dermatology at $268, OB/GYN was $280 per visit. Specialists in Ophthalmology were $307, but Orthopedics and Cardiology jumped to $419 and 335 respectively. Other specialists (as a group) averaged $365. Median or typical expenses were considerably lower at $116 overall, and $107 for primary care, $103 for psychiatry and ranging up to $134 median for ophthalmology and orthopedics. Mean out of pocket expense was highest for ophthalmology ($125) and lowest for pediatrics ($40). Primary care was $50 average out of pocket, if the patient had some responsibility. Statistical Brief # 517, pub. October 2018 by AHRQ using MEPS data

Florida Inpatient Hospital Ratings, Satisfaction, Average Price

Compare Florida inpatient hospital ratings on patient satisfaction, how many procedures they do each year and infections. Search by condition to find volume (number of hospitalizations) and length of stay, 2017-2018 data.  State inspection reports are also shown on each hospital’s individual page. Find average statewide charge, and range of charges (price range) for each condition, with prices dating back to 2016. All age groups (not just Medicare), extensive set of health conditions/diseases, and the ability to sort with best FL hospitals at the top of the list, make this website helpful. Click on the hospital name to additional information about the hospital. Hysterectomy listed under Women’s Health instead of Surgery. Florida no longer provides hospital-specific price ranges or readmission rates. FloridaHealthFinder.gov, updated 2019.

Florida Outpatient Surgery Prices & Visit Volume (2018 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 $10,413 to $26.585, but individual hospitals ranged from $945 (Florida Medical Clinic in Tampa) to a high charge over $72,000 at Palms of Pasadena in St. Petersburg (ages 18 to 64, Level 1). Cataract procedures at the highest volume center (University of Miami Hospital Bascom Palmer Eye Institute) listed charges from nearly $17,000 to over $19,000. The second largest center, St. Luke’s Surgical Center in Tarpon Springs, did cataract procedures for $1400 (ages 18-64). Might be worth asking about price before you schedule the surgery. Links to inspection reports. FloridaHealthFinder.gov 2017-2018 data. Editor’s Pick.

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 2017 – 2018. 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 patient satisfaction HCAHPS ratings from 2017 – 2018. 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) 2019

Hospital Ratings (5-star, 3-star, 1-star) for over 30 diseases & inpatient procedures: Stroke, back surgery, COPD, diabetes, gall bladder surgery, 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 2019 ratings are from Medicare patients, from 2015 to 2017. Patient satisfaction ratings (2017 data) are featured by HealthGrades. One hospital at time, unfortunately. No longer Editor’s Pick, since HealthGrades removed the 3-year patient volume, and actual mortality or complication rates compared to predicted. Mostly, the site shows which ratings awards were given to the hospital by HealthGrades – a fee likely was required for publicizing the award.

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 2016 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). Prices may be found under the SERVICES tab. 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 2018, using 2016 data

Iowa Hospital Inpatient Charges Compare

Iowa Hospital Charges Compare provides information about volumes and average 2018 charges (amount billed) and median charge at IA hospitals. This site is for consumers who want to find the average cost of surgery or other inpatient services. 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,rehab, and many medical conditions. Severity of illness can be specified. Limited focus to one service and category at a time. Average cost (and median charges) across the state are also shown for each procedure.

Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care – Certified Hospitals

Find hospitals that have received certification in stroke care (Primary Stroke Centers or two other stroke designations), palliative care, hip and knee, heart failure, inpatient diabetes, perinatal services or ventricular assist devices in the US. Many are listed as having Advanced programs. Other types of certification may be available. Somewhat hard to use. The Joint Commission is the leading accrediting body for hospitals.

Leapfrog – Minimum Volume Recommendations (Evidence-based Hospital Referral pdf) Editor's Pick

The Leapfrog Group has Evidence-Based Hospital Referral Safety Standards that include recommended volumes for certain procedures. They include minimum annual hospital volumes as follows: 40 mitral valve repair and replacement (minimum 10 for a surgeon), minimum 20 for pancreatic resections for cancer (10 for surgeon), esophageal resection 20 (7 for surgeon); 40 minimum for lung resections (15 per surgeon); minimum 50 bariatric surgery for weight loss (20 for surgeon) and other volume standards for rectal cancer, carotid endarterectomy and open aortic procedures. Read about the specifics, then go to the Hospital Quality Ratings category, and check the Leapfrog data for information on your local hospitals. Updated 2019

Level 1 Heart Attack Outcomes: Minneapolis Heart Institute at Abbott Northwestern (self-reported)

See this report on Level One heart attack mortality (30-day survival rates); more outcomes and volume for cardiovascular patients at Allina Health Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Mpls, MN may be available under Outcomes & Presentations. Data through December 2017. Updated May 2018

Louisiana Hospital Ratings and Prices – LA Hospital Inform

Find range of charges (low price and high price) 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 (2017). LA Hospital Inform is sponsored by the Louisiana Hospital Association; Price ranges from 2017 (outpatient and inpatient)

Maryland HMO & Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2017

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

Maryland Hospital Prices, 2018

Compare volume and average charges (prices) at each Maryland hospital (by name) and statewide for 100 most common inpatient diagnoses (severity adjusted using APR-DRGs) – including newborns (avg. $2142), childbirth vaginal delivery ($8173), c-section (avg. $10,081), heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, pneumonia, COPD, septicemia, cellulitis ($11,000), knee joint replacement (avg. $22,643), major depression ($10,929), bipolar admissions ($10,411 state average), schizophrenia ($13,917) stroke, urinary tract infections ($9308) and rehabilitation ($26,196). Data from first half of 2018. 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 2019

Maryland Hospital Quality Ratings (MHCC)

Overall consumer satisfaction, and Quality Measures on common groups of illnesses or conditions for which people are hospitalized in Maryland. Topics include different types of infections, emergency department waiting time, heart conditions, pneumonia, COPD, hip and knee surgery, imaging, stroke, maternity and newborn care, surgery infections for hysterectomy, colon surgery and more. Click on hospital name to see actual scores and details. MD Hospital Guide generally shows 2015-2016 data, pub. by MD Health Care Commission

Medspeak – What did my doctor say? (MLA)

The Medical Library Association describes Medspeak as the special language of health professionals. This site explains and defines common healthcare terms, so you can better understand your doctors and staff.

Michigan – Compare Hospitals, Physician Groups, Nursing Homes in SE Mich.

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 2017

Michigan Hospital Ratings: VerifyMIcare.org

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 2017; click on the checkmark to see the dates, which are otherwise hidden. Redesigned web site launched Jan. 2018

Minnesota – Hospital Price Check (Inpatient & Outpatient)

Hospital-specific prices (charges) for all inpatient hospitalizations (described in medical terms) and top 25 same-day surgery procedures in MN. Find average and median inpatient cost (before discounts) and volume for newborns and child birth delivery, pneumonia, chest pain, COPD, hip or knee replacement, appendectomy, cellulitis, hysterectomy, rehab, other surgeries & many more. Outpatient prices for biopsies, cataracts, colonoscopy, ear tubes, gallbladder (cholecystectomy), 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, 2017 prices and volumes of cases

Minnesota, ND, SD, WI – Physician Clinic Ratings – HealthScores Editor's Pick

Compare side-by-side (5 measures at a time) over 500 participating medical groups, hundreds of clinic locations and urgent care centers in Minnesota, Fargo, Grand Forks, Sioux Falls, and some Wisconsin communities for diabetes, knee replacement, vascular care, mental health (depression), cancer screening, controlling high blood pressure, heart (coronary artery) disease, asthma, vaccinations, appropriate care for children with colds and sore throats and more. Some clinics also have patient satisfaction scores. 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, North Memorial, Northfield, Olmsted, Park Nicollet, Ridgeview, Sanford, St. Cloud CentraCare, St. Luke’s, St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic (Essentia), Stillwater, United, University of Minnesota, Winona Health Services, and more; OB-GYN clinics and Orthopedic clinics. Report by MN Community Measurement (founded by the MN Medical Association and seven non-profit health insurance plans). Annual data, but report doesn’t specify what year (unclear why that is a secret).  Otherwise, the interactive format is easy-to-use.

Missouri Healthcare-Associated Infections – Central Line, Surgery Editor's Pick

Three types of hospital-acquired infections – Central Line Associated Bloodstream (CLAB) Infections and Surgical Site Infection (SSI) rate 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 2017 data. Click on Infection Reporting Data to search

Missouri Hospital Prices and Quality for Inpatient and ER – Compare Hospitals Editor's Pick

Click on Find a Hospital, then Pricing Data to find the price (median charge) for common inpatient medical conditions and surgeries at Missouri (MO) 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 (ER Emergency Room) base prices are separately shown by level. In Missouri, more than half of the ER visits were at the highest possible levels 4 and 5 (high severity). Median charges for Level 4 were $3538 and for Level 5 the median price was $6498, Oct. 2017 to Sept. 2018 data. Level 3 (moderate severity & moderately complex case) median charge was $1409. Prices shown for 2017-2018. Hospital Quality data for 2018 also shown at this site. Compare hospitals on infections, readmissions, falls, and other patient safety results. Editor’s Pick for putting all of this information in one place and timely reporting on quality. Published by Missouri Hospital Association

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 Nebraska. Compare average hospital prices in the PricePoint system. 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 $16,871 on average in 2018. Vaginal delivery (mom only) cost $9,204 on average; normal newborn was $5,071. 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 along with the state average cost. Or compare hospitals (statewide numbers are not shown in this view); 2018 data. All cities including Omaha, Lincoln, Grand Island, Creighton, Norfolk, Kearney. NHA Care Compare is sponsored by the Nebraska Hospital Association

Nevada Hospital Ratings and Patient Satisfaction Scores

Nevada Hospital Association shows NV hospital performance ratings on Emergency care, Heart care, pneumonia, stroke, COPD, hip and knee, infections, plus patient opinion ratings. Shows 2016-2017 data (some data older, to 2015). Some measures may be the same as at CMS HospitalCompare website, but dates may vary. Scores also for adverse events, surgical complications, mortality, readmissions. Consumers may view 3 or more hospitals side-by-side. Volume levels for certain procedures are given, but questionably labeled to read that lower volume is better.

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. Average price for vaginal delivery without complications in Nevada in 2018 (mom only) was a whopping $22,150, 1.9 days average length of stay. The median charge was about the same, for a cost of nearly $12,000 per day. Average c-section price was $37,000, without complications. A normal newborn charge averaged $4654. Physician fees are extra and not shown.  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; 2018 charges shown. Sponsored by the Nevada Hospital Association. Information is very timely.

New Jersey 2016 HMO Performance Report – Compare plans

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

New Jersey Cardiac Surgery Hospital and Surgeon Ratings

Heart bypass surgery survival rate information by hospital and by physician; 30-day mortality rate for cardiac bypass surgery (CABG) was 1.57% in 2013 (9.27% if you got an infection). Individual surgeon risk-adjusted performance over 2 years, and general information about NJ hospital infections in CABG surgery also shown. Published by New Jersey Dept. of Health November 2016. Numbers of cardiac procedures including cardiac cath performed at each hospital in 2018 (published April 2019) are also available at this site

New Jersey Hospital Quality Assessment – heart, pneumonia, infections

Compare NJ hospitals on Heart Attacks, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and Infection Prevention for surgery, cardiac bypass grafts, surgical infections; central line (CLABSI) and catheter (CAUTI) infections prepared by the NJ Department of Health and Senior Services. Mortality ratings for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, stroke, and CABG are shown, but are very old (2013 or 2015). Patient Safety Indicators and Infections reports use 2015 data. NJ Dept. of Health

New York – Cardiac Surgery (Pediatric) 2010-2013 (pdf)

Compare survival rates among 10 NY hospitals during a 4-year period. Includes mortality rate info at each hospital. Columbia Presbyterian-NYP was noted as best performer (lowest risk adjusted mortality). Montefiore-Moses was the worst performer. Other hospitals performed as expected for Pediatric Congenital Cardiac Surgery. 20-page report released September 2016

New York – Cardiac Surgery Ratings (Hospitals and surgeons, statewide) (pdf) Editor's Pick

Find New York heart survival rates in this adult cardiac surgery performance ratings report. Compare in-hospital/30 day mortality rates by hospital name and surgeon name.  Number of cardiac surgery cases and deaths shown for adult heart bypass (CABG) and aortic or mitral valve surgery patients. Risk-adjusted mortality data, observed rates versus expected death rates, 2014 to 2016. Isolated CABG observed mortality was 1.67% in 2016. Overall valve surgery mortality averaged 3.12% (2014-2016). Readmission rates are shown by hospital as well. The New York State report also describes outcomes for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR, also sometimes called Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation or TAVI). Detailed report published by NY state Department of Health, April 2019

New York Angioplasty/Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) Ratings (pdf) Editor's Pick

Compare New York hospital and physician-specific ratings for PCI, also known as PTCA (angioplasty) or coronary stenting. Hospital survival rates (risk-adjusted mortality rate – RAMR) show which hospitals and which cardiologists are significantly better or worse than the state average. In-hospital/30 day observed rate was 0.84% for non-emergency cases 2016.  When emergency cases are added in, the 2016 mortality rate goes up to 1.24%. Consumers can also find volume and survival information by cardiologist’s name (2014-2016), which New York has been reporting for years. NY State Department of Health report is 77 pages; published April 2019.

New York State Hospital Quality Ratings – health.ny.gov

Select NY hospitals to compare in care areas like emergency department waiting time, post-op complications, cardiac, patient satisfaction, readmissions, death rates or infection prevention. Data updated each year, although dates are hard to find (hover over the hospital’s score). Most data are from somewhere between 2016 and 2018. Some measures (e.g. surgery complications and mortality) are older. Services include maternity, and volumes for some types of surgery (e.g. endoscopy, colonoscopy, hernia repair) and procedure counts for MRI, CT, cancer chemotherapy and psych evaluations. New York State Department of Health site NY Health Profiles. Select one hospital at a time. You can select hospitals to compare, to see performance measures side by side.

New York: Heart Disease Reports (various)

Additional cardiovascular reports on outcomes by the Dept of Health can be accessed here

Ohio Hospital Price List (Sample) – Inpatient, ER, Lab, X-ray Charges

Here’s an Ohio hospital example of a 14-hospital system called OhioHealth showing their current prices for all services at 12 of their hospitals.  Examples of items in the chargemaster include daily hospital room charge, ICU charges, labor, delivery, c-section and newborn prices, price for an ER visit (depends on Level of the emergency department), operating room charges, PT, OT, cardiology and pulmonary charges, prices for x-rays, CTs, MRI, ultrasound, DEXA scan, and many lab tests. Examples are CBC, BUN, Arterial blood gas, lipid panel, troponin, cultures, glucose, hemoglobin A1C, pap smear, creatinine. Because a hospital’s price list might be hundreds of pages long, with thousands of line items, it can be difficult to find what you’re looking for.  The documents are not fully searchable. (For example, the category for Emergency Services requires scrolling to find it.) In addition, selected average charges are provided by each hospital for certain DRGs, without describing what time frame was covered in the calculation.  Average charges list varies by hospital. Caution: Physician professional fees may not be included (even in the Emergency Department).  Check each hospital’s website separately. Covers Riverside Methodist, Grant Medical Center, Doctors Hospital, Dublin Methodist and Grove City; Grady Memorial Hospital, Hardin, Marion General, Mansfield, Shelby, O’Bleness, and Berger Hospitals.

Oklahoma – Average Hospital Inpatient Charges

Find the average charge (closest available to inpatient cost) for a Oklahoma hospital stay (compare OK hospital prices) by Principal Diagnosis (i.e., disease) or DRG. Example we found was the average commercial price in Oklahoma for mood disorders (mental health) was $13,280 in 2016, with an average length of stay of 6.2 days. Similarly, a major joint replacement (e.g. knee or hip replacement) without complications averaged about $51,000 for commercial insurance patients. Average stay in the hospital was 2.4 days. Statewide or county-specific statistics on volume and average length of stay also found in this dataset. May specify data for a certain age group and sex. Geared to researchers and health care professionals, rather than for consumers. If this website was meant for consumers, it would get the User-Unfriendly Award due to its complicated diagnosis choice sections. 2016 data are the most recent available from OK2SHARE by the OK State Dept. of Health’s Health Care Information

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 2016 costs paid by commercial insurance companies or patient-paid amounts. Median amounts paid (not charges) are 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. Hospitals also list their financial performance measures for 2017 at this website.

Oregon Hospital Infection Ratings, 2017

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. 2018

Patients’ Online Physician Ratings and Quality of Care: CABG

Patients’ Online Physician Ratings and Quality of Care article, by Okike, Peter-Gibb et al, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, Dec. 13, 2016, concludes: no correlation between patients’ online rating and risk-adjusted mortality rates. Median number of reviews per doctor was only 4. Study based on 590 surgeons performing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery in 5 large states. See the abstract at this link, through PubMed

Pennsylvania Cardiac Surgery, by hospital & surgeon 2016

Compare hospitals or cardiac surgeons (by name) side-by-side for Cardiac (heart) Bypass surgery (CABG) and heart valve cases for 27 months 2014-2016. Risk-adjusted Mortality (survival) rate and readmissions, open heart surgery volume, length of stay in hospital, and average charges (price). Case volume and performance ratings by surgeon’s name are shown in separate reports. Survival rates for CABG without valve were high (1.5% mortality) in 2015. In 2014, Medicare paid an average of $44,246 for a valve procedure, about the same they paid in 2011. Average charge for a valve procedure was $221,000. Report by PHC4, the PA Health Care Cost Containment Council, Jan. 2017

Pennsylvania Hospital Performance Report 2017 | PHC4 Editor's Pick

Compare PA hospitals on Mortality Rating (relative survival rate), Average Charge (price), and Readmission rates. Sixteen (16) conditions in the pdf reports include heart failure, abnormal heartbeat, heart attack, angioplasty and stent, pneumonia, stroke, laparoscopic gallbladder removal, COPD, colorectal surgical procedures, diabetes, kidney failure, urinary tract infections, sepsis, chest pain, and respiratory failure. Grouped by region. As an example, there were over 68,000 sepsis cases in Pennsylvania in 2016-2017, with an average mortality rate of 9.3%, and average charge close to $56,000; about 18% were readmitted.  Symbols for Mortality ratings can be confusing – a higher mortality rating means worse survival. No orthopedic (hip or knee) surgery included. Data from Oct. 2016 to Sept. 2017, published by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), November 2018.

Prevention Makes Common "Cents"

Detailed report by US Department of Health and Human Services (September 2003) addressing the cost of disease and illness. Specific sections are included on Overweight and Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular (Heart) Disease, Asthma, and Tobacco Use. Metabolic Syndrome also discussed

Prevention Priorities

Rankings of preventive services and scoring each for cost effectiveness. HealthPartners Institute, working with the National Commission on Prevention Priorities (NCPP), sponsors this information.

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

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

South Carolina – Compare Hospital Associated Infection Rates (HAIs)

Compare surgical site infection rates at SC hospitals for colon surgery, hysterectomy (abdominal), hip and knee replacements, and heart bypass (CABG), 2017 data. Central line infections in hospital ICUs, c. difficile and MRSA also shown; compare hospitals for each type of infection. Provided by South Carolina state Department of Health (DHEC)

South Dakota Charges for Inpatient Hospital Stays – 2017

Find out and compare SD hospitals on 2017 average charges, or median (typical) price. After you select one hospital, you can see the average charge in all of South Dakota (e.g. avg $5077 for normal newborn, or $3905 median. Vaginal delivery for mom was $10,736 average price, and $9868 median. C-section average cost $23,518.) All common hospitalizations shown, such as births and maternity delivery, knee replacement (average price about $47,000), heart failure, pneumonia, bowel procedures, COPD, angioplasty, kidney transplants (median $247,637), inpatient laparoscopic gallbladder removal (average price $48,000, but $50k to $55k avg. in Sioux Falls) and much more. Also shows volume and length of stay. PricePoint site sponsored by SDAHO (hospital association)

Texas – Guide to Texas HMO Quality 2017 (OPIC)

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

Texas – 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 2018, but becoming very old

Texas Heart Bypass (CABG) Survival Rates 2014

Eight Texas hospitals had significantly lower risk-adjusted mortality rates (better survival rates) than the state’s 3.81% death rate for cardiac bypass (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft, or CABG) surgery. Eighteen (18) hospitals had significantly higher (worse survival) rates – up to 22% risk-adjusted mortality. Scroll to CABG at this State of Texas site, to find the 2014 report. Volumes and average 2014 CABG charges ($207,734 in TX) are also shown in a separate report in the same section Indicators of Inpatient Care in Texas Hospitals Present on Admission (POA).

Texas Hospital Angioplasty (PCI) Survival Rates, 2014 (pdf)

Scroll to Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). Twelve (12) TX hospitals had significantly lower risk-adjusted mortality rates (better survival rates) for PCI (Angioplasty) than the state’s 2.65% death rate in 2014. Nineteen (19) hospitals had significantly higher (worse survival) rates; those programs ranged in volume from 45 cases to 417. Average charge per case in TX was $110,475. Better hospitals sometimes cost less. Report by the State of Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC)

Texas Pediatric Heart Surgery: Survival Rates 2014

Of the eight Texas children’s hospitals listed, one hospital (Texas Childrens at Houston) had both the highest volume for pediatric heart surgery, and the lowest risk adjusted mortality rate. Average for the state was 3.35% risk- adjusted mortality rate, but Texas Childrens was at 1.67%. On the other hand, Cook Childrens showed significantly higher mortality (worse survival) at 6.56%. Hospitals typically report mortality rate rather than survival rates. Volumes (number of cases) are also shown for each hospital. Scroll to Pediatric Heart Surgery. State of Texas Health Care Information Collection, 2014

Texas PricePoint – Compare Hospital Inpatient Charges (Prices)

Average charge for a joint replacement in Texas was reported to be about $79.000 in 2017. A cesarean section without major complications averaged nearly $26,000, not counting the baby’s care. If you are looking for average cost of hospital care or surgery, the prices at this PricePoint site by the Texas Hospital Association will give you an idea of what to expect on your hospital bill. 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; for example: “Uterine & adnexa proc” instead of hysterectomy. Does not include surgeon or other physician fees.

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2018: Cardiology and Heart Surgery

Top of the Cardiac specialty list: Cleveland Clinic (Ohio) and Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN). Top 50 hospitals ranked. See if there is one in your state. Rankings include survival ratings using Medicare data from 2014 to 2016. Hospitals ranked higher if they participated in public transparency reporting by the medical professional societies. Minimum volume of 1391 Medicare cases over 3 years, of which 500 needed to be surgical

usnews.com Best Hospitals 2019-20: Pediatric & Children’s Hospitals

US News & World Report’s top pediatric hospitals listed for cancer; cardiology and heart surgery; diabetes and endocrinology; gastroenterology (digestive disorders) & GI surgery; neonatology; nephrology (kidney);  neurology and neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology (respiratory problems) and lung surgery; and urology. Honor roll of 10 hospitals is led by Boston Children’s, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Cincinnati Children’s tied for third with Texas Children’s in Houston. List called Best Children’s Hospitals updated June 2019. Detailed hospital scores for individual measures such as survival, are in the Methodology report

Utah CheckPoint – Patient Satisfaction, Infections, Heart, Pneumonia Quality Ratings

Compare Utah (UT) hospital inpatient quality ratings for heart attack, congestive heart failure and pneumonia care, 2014-2017 data. Patient satisfaction and infection ratings use 2017-2018 data. These measures are not as extensive, but are similar to what is available through CMS’ HospitalCompare website, and the Joint Commission (TJC). May be easier to use this site, due to the side-by-side hospital comparisons. Some measures are Medicare-only, and some use all patients (all payer data). Shows mortality and readmissions. Utah Hospital Association

Utah Inpatient Hospital Charges, 2016 – 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 (mental health, bipolar, schizophrenia) admission costs, for example, you will need to click on LOOKUP. Volumes (2016 data) and length of stay are included; does not include average cost for physicians. Consumers may adjust for 2019 costs by adding 3-year price inflation (at least 6% more). As with other PricePoint Systems, view one UT hospital at a time. Utah Hospital Association

Vermont – 2019 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.  See if your hospital is average, above average, or below average. Health conditions include heart care, pneumonia, surgical infection prevention, central line associated bloodstream infections, hysterectomy infections, knee replacement and hip replacement infection rates, volume and death rates for resection of esophagus or of pancreas (usually for cancer), abdominal aneurysm repair (AAA – listed as fix the artery), readmissions & 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. 2017-2018 data for quality; 2017 information on prices for some procedures, 2019 prices (through Sept. 30) for other services such as physician office visits. Published May 2019.

Vermont – 2019 Outpatient Diagnostic Test Prices Editor's Pick

Compare 2019 hospital prices for lab work, x-ray & imaging tests. MRI charges averaged $1942 [pelvis angiography] to $4134 [MRI-brain, multiple sequences] with physician fee. CT scan of head, neck, face, chest, spine, pelvis, abdomen (overall CT average $1358 to $4120); digital screening mammograms average $548 with physician charge. Specific test prices for urinalysis, glucose, Metabolic Panel ($111 average), lipid panel ($97), PSA (average $131, range 61 to 267), CBC (range $59 to $72), strep test group A (range from $74 to $82), Pap test (average 122 to 129), pregnancy test (average $58), blood typing, OB ultrasound first trimester (average $903), x-rays, Cardiology EKG or echocardiogram, PT evaluation ($302 average, moderate complexity), colonoscopies ($3660 without biopsy) and more. CPT codes listed. Vermont probably has the best State site for hospital outpatient diagnostic test cost comparison. Some average prices in VT have gone down this year, which may support useful price comparisons among hospitals. Prices good through Sept. 2019. Tables 3B through 3O.

Vermont – Hospital Outpatient Surgery Prices, 2017 (pdf)

What does ambulatory surgery cost in in Vermont? See Section called Pricing, Charges by Hospital. 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 cataract surgery (average $6074), upper GI endoscopy ($5420), knee cartilage surgery ($9520 average), arthrocentesis joint aspiration ($700), gall bladder removal (average $13,484), breast biopsy (avg. $4213), other biopsies, ear tubes (average $3530), tonsillectomy ($6948), pacemaker ($9254), bunion removal (12,114 avg), colonoscopy $3694 average; range $1575 at Northwestern Medical Center to $5169 at North Country Hospital; hernia repair $12,000; excision of skin lesion $2417; fetal monitoring cost $784; circumcision cost $4239; outpatient hysterectomy $21,995; peritoneal dialysis ($10,575), and many more procedures. 12-month avg. charges ending Sept. 30, 2017, 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. About two years old, published 2019. Table 2B shows how many of those procedures the hospital did.

Vermont – Inpatient Hospital Average Prices, 2017 (pdf)

2019 Hospital Report Card shows average prices (gross charges) for each VT hospital’s most frequent inpatient admissions – includes newborn delivery (normal newborn $3093; newborn with medical problems = $4946, but close to $22,000 if the baby had major problems), cesarean section ($17,000 to $20,000), average cost for vaginal delivery $9365 without complications; pneumonia; total hip or knee replacement (average $41,171), depression  (average $16,853), psychoses such as schizophrenia (average $32,775), COPD & emphysema, heart failure, chest pain, rehabilitation, heart rhythm problems, back problems, Spinal fusion about $63,400; kidney or urinary tract infection, and other hospital stays. Compare costs on nearly 60 different types of cases, listed by MS-DRG. Links to hospital discount policies for consumers with cost concerns (see Financial Assistance); 2016-2017 average charges published May 2019

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

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

Virginia Health Information – Hospital Cardiac Care Editor's Pick

Cardiac Care Comparisons at Virginia hospitals, mortality (deaths) and readmissions for 2017. Provides side by side VA hospital comparisons for volume, whether the hospital performed better or worse than expected for patient survival ratings. Cardiac cases are grouped by type: Medical cardiology including heart attack, heart failure, Invasive cardiology. including cardiac cath, pacemaker, angioplasty PCI, and Open Heart surgery, valves and CABG (heart bypass). Sort by Mortality rating to see top performers on the top of the list. This report shows 3 hearts are better than one. Click on the hospital name to see full reports where outpatient charges are shown for some procedures (2016 prices along with number of cases), efficiency, 2017 financial results, charity care, 2017 hospital service line numbers, and patient satisfaction levels (2017-2018) are shown. Prepared by Virginia Health Information (VHI). One of the best state hospital comparison sites, so we gave it Editor’s Pick. Updated Feb. 2019

WA Hospital Ratings – Cardiac Surgery 2018

Washington hospital ratings for cardiac surgery in 2018. Compare over 30 hospitals in WA on PCI – percutaneous coronary interventions (reopening clogged arteries), and cardiovascular surgery outcomes. Shows volume of PCI, CABG and Valve surgeries, and how hospitals did on the patient survival measures (mortality).  Other than learning the number of cases, the site is difficult for consumers to easily understand.  Best if you raise your questions to your medical professionals. Site by COAP – Clinical Outcomes Assessment Program, from the non-profit Foundation for Healthcare Quality, 2019

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, 2018 Editor's Pick

Compare WA hospital scores for Emergency Care (average 24 minutes before patients see a doctor or nurse), Surgical Infections (cardiac surgery, orthopedics, hysterectomy, colon); other infections (CLABSI, CAUTI); Heart Attack, Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Stroke, Surgery (including hip and knee), readmissions and patient opinions. Mortality (survival) data for heart care and pneumonia. Consumers can find some of this information at the federal HospitalCompare site. Here all hospital ratings are side-by-side and are easier to see.  Data periods may vary from the federal site. Most data are 2017 to 2018. View DATA GRID is an excellent way to see scores for all hospitals in the state quickly. Be sure to Expand Grid when you see that option. This website has been redesigned and is very easy to use and to read.  Because of the expert redesign, we are giving the site the Editor’s Pick designation for 2019. Washington State Hospital Association

Watson Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals – 2019

Watson Health (formerly Truven Health Analytics) 2019 selection of 50 hospitals with significant heart care programs listed in categories: teaching hospitals with cardiovascular residencies, teaching hospitals without such residencies, and community hospitals. List only, organized by state; study primarily used Medicare data from 2016-2017. It examined both clinical outcomes (e.g. survival or mortality, complications, readmissions) and efficiency measures. Released November 2018 by IBM Watson Health

Wisconsin – Ambulatory Surgery Facility Charges, 2017

How much does outpatient surgery cost in WI?  Find average 2017 charges in Wisconsin for 20 common ambulatory surgery procedures, such as Colonoscopy (6 codes), Endoscopy, Biopsy, Spinal Injection, Cataract & Lens ($7353 hospital average), outpatient Knee surgery/arthroscopy ($11,285), Carpal Tunnel ($6463), Ear Tubes, and more. Volumes for each hospital and surgical center are shown for top 20 only. Go to Table 28 in Chapter VI for a longer list of 40 procedures including colonoscopy & biopsy, code 45380 ($5155 average) and gall bladder removal (laparoscopic cholecystectomy at $17,429). Chapter VII compares average prices (along with median charge and volume) at each hospital for twenty 2017 ambulatory surgeries. Prices do NOT include surgeon and physician fees, which may cost thousands of dollars and could double prices shown. Consumers should add medical inflation to estimate 2019 facility prices. Scroll to bottom of page for Chapters VI and VII Ambulatory Surgery, published by WHA Information Center July 2018.

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 post-op infections and complications, survival for hip, knee surgery, heart, vascular, other cardiac, colon surgery and hysterectomy; patient safety problems such as falls and pressure ulcers; readmissions; deaths data. See how many patients would definitely recommend the hospital. (Ratings are listed under Patient Experience.)  Also compare hospitals on how many patients “understood their care when they left hospital”. Statewide, only 57% said they understood their care in 2017-2018. Seven hospitals had fewer than half their patients understanding their care.

Some rankings are shown by stars (one, two, or 3 stars) instead of numbers. Wisconsin Hospital Association makes quarterly updates. Even though the clinical topic list may be sketchy (such as Digestive), WHA receives Editor’s Pick for going beyond CMS measures, for showing all hospitals side-by-side, consumer ease in getting a free overall quality report for one hospital, staying current, and showing comparisons to the benchmark best in the state

Wisconsin Collaborative (WCHQ) – Compare Physician Group Ratings Editor's Pick

Compare Wisconsin physician clinics on 30 measures related to satisfaction with getting a timely doctor’s appointment, patient recommendations on clinics; scores for diabetes, heart care, high blood pressure, HPV vaccine, smoking & osteoporosis screening, pneumonia shot, screening for Breast Cancer, Cervical Cancer & Colorectal Cancer; Ischemic Vascular Disease care, BMI, Depression screening, well child visits and more. Includes Affinity, Aspirus, Aurora, Bellin, Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s and Wheaton, Associated Physicians, SSM Dean, Mayo Clinic Eau Claire and Franciscan La Crosse, Fort Healthcare, Froedert, Gundersen Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, Mercy, Meriter Unity Point, Monroe, Prairie Clinic, Prevea, Primary Care Associates Appleton, ProHealth, Reedsburg, ThedaCare, UW Health, Wildwood and others. Some medical groups report scores by individual clinic location. The Sort-by-Rank option helps you see better performers on the top of your list for some items. Easy to read reports by WI Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ); 2017 and 2018 data

Wisconsin Heart Care – Compare Hospital Inpatient Ratings (WCHQ)

Compare 19 WI hospitals on cardiac performance ratings. Five measures related to cardiac bypass CABG infections, complications, deaths; quickness in opening up arteries in a heart attack; and in-hospital mortality for cardiac cath patients. Data are for 2016. Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality (WCHQ) report

Wisconsin Hospital Survival Ratings for Surgical Procedures

Compare 86 WI hospitals (side-by-side) on their survival rates for AAA Repair, Craniotomy, CABG heart (cardiac) bypass, PTCA angioplasty, CEA endarterectomy, and hip replacement surgery. Wisconsin Hospital Association report Deaths During a Procedure shows most hospitals performed As Expected, with a few significantly Worse, or Better than the others. Source data (not updated) from 2014 reported as of March 4, 2019.

Wisconsin Hospitals PricePoint (Average Inpatient Prices)

Median charge and length of stay for common hospitalizations including maternity and newborn births, hip or knee replacement surgery, gallbladder removal, heart surgery, angioplasty, arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), valves, cardiac cath, pacemaker, pneumonia, bipolar and other mental health, stroke, back care, asthma, COPD, rehab; kidney, heart, lung or other transplant; hysterectomy, prostate surgery, bowel surgery & more. Also shows inpatient volumes if you click on more detail. From WHA Information Center, part of the Wisconsin Hospital Association WHA Information Center. Surgeon fees NOT included, nor are dates shown. Compare hospitals by city (anywhere in the state by adding cities). Wisc. Hospital Assn. created the PricePoint System now used in other states. This version of Pricepoint has been modified to be payer-specific, although gross charges (sticker price) should be the same for all patients. Must watch a video before proceeding to see the prices; you may also need specific medical information about the procedure in order to select the price you are interested in.

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, but no dates are provided for reference. 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 (average price for uncomplicated vaginal delivery in state was $9323), newborn, hip or knee joint replacement, surgery (average charge $54,605 without complications), heart valves or stents, pneumonia, psychiatric admission ($19,055 average price for severe psychological disorders including schizophrenia, with average 9 day stay in hospital), rehab, and many more. Average cost in WY is also shown. Site shows one hospital at a time. WyoPricePoint by the Wyoming Hospital Association, shows 2016-2017 prices

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