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Facility Costs, Not Professional Fees, Account for Widely Varying Prices, According to Change Healthcare's Q1 Healthcare Transparency Index
Date:8/5/2014

uarter of 2014, eight services fell into the Matrix's Target quadrant, including four in-patient procedures and four imaging services. To best analyze what was driving the significant variability, the HCTI segmented facility-specific costs, such as room and board, labs and anesthesia, from those related to professional fees.

Here are the price ranges and variability for each procedure, broken down by facility and professional costs.In-Patient ProcedurePrice RangePrice VariabilityKnee replacement – facility

$1,803-$32,225

1,687%Knee replacement – professional

$1,864-$4,229

127%Hip replacement – facility

$2,613-$32,190

1,132%Hip replacement –professional

$1,669-$4,190

151%Vaginal delivery – facility

$2,549-$10,679

319%Vaginal delivery – professional

$2,179-$3,033

39%C-Section – facility

$5,300-$15,962

201%C-Section – professional

$2,097-$3,284

57%Here are the price ranges and variability for each type of imaging service, broken down by facility and professional costs. Imaging ServicePrice RangePrice VariabilityCT scans – facility

$410-$2,334

469%CT scans – professional

$71-$213

202%MRI – facility

$596-$2,529

324%MRI – professional

$85-$280

230%Ultrasounds  – facility

$124-$559

350%Ultrasounds  – professional

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