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UPDATED: Feds release hospital charges for first time

By Lorie Hailey
lanereport.com editor

WASHINGTON (May 9, 2013) — For the first time, the federal government has issued a list of prices that hospitals across the country charge for the 100 most common medical procedures.

Body of female doctorThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the hospital charges Wednesday to “show significant variation across the country and within communities in what hospitals charge for common inpatient services.” CMS said releasing the information would help make “our healthcare system more affordable and accountable.”

Before this release, these charges for medical procedures have been closely held by facilities that see a competitive advantage in shielding their fees from competitors, reports the Washington Post.

The data provided includes hospital-specific charges for the more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals that receive Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) payments for the top 100 most frequently billed discharges, paid under Medicare based on a rate per discharge for Fiscal Year 2011. Hospitals determine what they will charge for items and services provided to patients and these charges are the amount the hospital bills for an item or service.

Using the data, The Courier-Journal offered an example today of how much heart failure costs at hospitals in the Louisville Metro area. The cost of surviving heart failure with no major complications ranged from $9,925 at Clark Memorial Hospital in Southern Indiana to $21,241 at University Hospital in downtown Louisville, the paper said.

The Lane Report compiled a sampling of the costs to perform the same heart failure procedure at hospitals across the state, in alphabetical order by city. The Top 5 most expensive are in bold.

Clinton County Hospital, Albany — $6,788

Kings’ Daughters Medical Center, Ashland — $11,743

Our Lady of Bellefonte, Ashland — $11,092

Greenview Regional Hospital, Bowling Green — $15,003

Medical Center at Bowling Green — $11,928

Taylor Regional Medical Center, Campbellsville — $8,919

Westlake Regional Hospital, Columbia — $10,611

Baptist Regional Medical Center, Corbin — $14,090

St. Elizabeth, Covington — $12,096

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Danville — $8,852

Hardin Memorial Hospital, Elizabethtown — $6,233

Fleming County Hospital, Flemingsburg — $9,345

St. Elizabeth, Florence — $16,309

St. Elizabeth, Fort Thomas — $12,078

Frankfort Regional Medical Center, Frankfort — $19,143

Parkway Regional Hospital, Fulton — $19,413

T.J. Samson Hospital, Glasgow — $8,804

Muhlenberg Community Hospital, Greenville — $9,826

Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Harlan — $9,380

Appalachian Regional Medical Center, Hazard — $12,096

Methodist Hospital, Henderson — $16,613

Jennie Stuart Medical Center, Hopkinsville — $10,447

Kentucky River Medical Center, Jackson — $19,136

Baptist Hospital Northeast, La Grange — $9,170

Spring View Hospital, Lebanon — $14,247

Central Baptist, Lexington — $9,761

Saint Joseph East, Lexington — $8,709

Saint Joseph Hospital, Lexington — $9,781

University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington — $17,822

Saint Joseph Hospital, London — $12,606

Three Rivers Medical Center, Louisa — $19,582

Baptist Hospital East, Louisville — $10,174

Norton Hospitals, Louisville — $6,372

University Hospital, Louisville — $21,241

Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s — $12,210

Memorial Hospital, Manchester —$14,962

Regional Medical Center of Hopkins County, Madisonville — $10,259

Crittenden Health System, Marion — $7,739

Jackson Purchase Medical Center, Mayfield — $8,819

Meadowview Regional Medical Center, Maysville — $11,755

Appalachian Regional Hospital, Middlesboro — $11,480

St. Claire, Morehead — $8,383

Saint Joseph, Mount Sterling — $5,816

Rockcastle Regional Hospital — $8,487

Murray-Calloway County Hospital — $12,219

Owensboro Medical Health System — $8,061

Paul B. Hall Regional Medical Center, Paintsville — $36,308

Lourdes Health System, Paducah — $9,346

Western Baptist Hospital, Paducah — $6,812

Pikeville Medical Center — $19,106

Pineville Community Hospital — $6,804

Highlands Regional Medical Center, Prestonsburg — $9,355

Logan Memorial Hospital, Russellville — $10,796

Lake Cumberland Regional Medical Center, Somerset — $12,266

Appalachian Regional Hospital, South Williamson — $13,063

Monroe County Medical Center, Tompkinsville — $7,199

Appalachian Regional Medical Center, Whitesburg — $12,094

Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester — $10,168

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