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Lab Tests Online Editor's Pick

Learn about specific clinical lab tests – what they are, why they’re ordered, how they’re used, what the results mean. Details on hundreds of lab tests. The site resulted from collaboration among professional societies representing the clinical laboratory community. The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) produces the site to help educate the public about lab testing. Updated 2019

Laboratory Tests (MedlinePlus)

Addresses common tests, home testing, screening tests, basic blood tests, urine tests, saliva tests, stool tests and more

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), Virology, Genetic testing, Toxicology labs, Trace Element labs, Transplant monitoring; many more. Nearly 100 labs overall

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American Hospital Directory – Outpatient Charges and Volumes (ahd.com) Editor's Pick

Charges and average costs for the 20 outpatient Ambulatory Payment Classifications (APCs) representing the highest Medicare outpatient payment to each hospital (excluding critical access hospitals). List varies by hospital. May include: cost for colonoscopy, laparoscopy, CT, MRI, clinic and emergency (ED or ER) visits, x-ray tests, upper GI, lower GI endoscopy, arthroscopy, cataract with lens, angiography, echocardiography, hernia repair, infusion therapy, nerve injection, observation services, outpatient cardiac catheterization, ultrasound. Scroll to bottom of the hospital page to Outpatient Utilization Statistics. Some rural critical access hospitals may not show any outpatient test and visit prices. Also shown: inpatient market share by local zip code; net income. Link is to the Free Hospital Information

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.

Genomics – CDC Office of Public Health Genomics

Find out the definition of Genomics, and find resources on subjects such as genetic testing and newborn screening, family history for cancer, and prenatal testing. Genetics: the study of inheritance. Genomics: the study of people’s genes and how they interact with each other and with the environment. CDC Public Health Genomics site explains how Clinical genetic tests are different from direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests.

Maine – Average Charge for Hospital and Doctor Visits (2017)

Typical vaginal delivery costs (charges) in Maine in 2017 averaged $11,347 for Childbirth delivery and 60 days of related care. (Does include physician care, but probably not newborn charges). Add $9000 for an uncomplicated C-Section. A few other charges by hospital, for hip or knee joint replacement, arthroscopy and gall bladder surgery. Find many median (middle) prices here physician office visits ($97 average cost for 15-minute appt for an established patient 99213), CT, MRI, x-ray, lab tests and more. Uses CPT codes. From Maine Health Data Organization in State of Maine

MN Physician fees, office visit cost, colonoscopy, more

Find how much physicians charge for over 100 professional services in Minnesota, ND, SD, WI through Minnesota HealthScores’ Cost Report feature. Compare prices over 150 participating medical groups, and hundreds of clinic locations in Minnesota, and some border communities, for doctor office visits, lab tests, colonoscopy, endoscopy, minor office surgical procedures such as ear wax or wart removal; immunization, psychotherapy. Obstetric services, including inpatient delivery. Medical groups include Allina, Altru, Apple Valley, Aspen, Avera, Brainerd, Children’s Physician Network, Dakota Clinic, Edina, Fairview, Fergus, Grand Itasca, Gundersen, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Lakewood, Mankato, Mayo Clinic, MeritCare, Innovis, North Memorial, Northstar, Olmsted, Osceola, Park Nicollet, Regina, Ridgeview, Sanford, St. Cloud CentraCare, St. Luke’s, St. Mary’s Duluth Clinic, Stillwater, United, University of Minnesota, Winona Clinic, and more; OB-GYN clinics, Report by MN Community Measurement. Does NOT include facility charges which are in the thousands for colonoscopy or childbirth. Interactive easy-to-use format. Costs shown are claims through BCBS, Health Partners, Medica, and Preferred One in 2017. Unclear if it’s price before or after discounts

New Hampshire Physician Visit, Outpatient Hospital and Dental Prices – Compare (free)

Compare physician office visit prices, dental prices, hospital outpatient tests, PT visits and some surgery prices, as well as some ER prices (estimated at 2017-2018 prices plus 5% inflation) in NH. Choose procedure or test (e.g. lab, Radiology such as x-ray, MRI, CT or ultrasound). Select insurance, or uninsured to compare charges with your deductible. Tonsillectomy, colonoscopy and about 20 different surgeries are in Outpatient, which are bundled to include surgeon and anesthesia costs. Price transparency project developed by the New Hampshire Insurance dept. Excellent website, easy to navigate

Prostate Problems: Medical Tests

This ad-free website on prostate problems describes medical tests such as the PSA test (prostate-specific antigen), digital rectal exam, Transrectal Ultrasound with Prostate Biopsy, urodynamic tests, cystoscopy, MRI, CT, and more. Site by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of NIH

Self-Reported Lab Test Prices (self-pay) – Prairie Lakes

Prairie Lakes Healthcare System in Watertown, SD offers a direct lab access program for the public (no physician order needed) for self-pay patients. Prices include pregnancy test, cardiac risk assessment profile, CBC, cholesterol screen, glucose test, A1C test (diabetes control), hemoglobin, lipid panel, metabolic panel, PSA test, TSH (thyroid), urinalysis and more. Many tests cost $10 to $45

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.

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